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June 06, 2011  

UCLA and Partners Receive Major Grant to Turn Lab Discoveries into Treatments

LOS ANGELES - Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and other local partners will share an $81.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to accelerate scientific discoveries into treatments for patients.
The funds awarded over a five-year period will go to the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute, a team of academic, community and clinical groups spread across Los Angeles. They include: UCLA, Charles Drew University, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

Aiding in all program areas, including community engagement, Charles Drew University will receive $1.1 million during the first year of the contract.
“This new grant will not only expand the depth of the partnership between UCLA, Cedars, Harbor-UCLA and CDU, but will help build the capacity of communities to improve health and fundamentally change how researchers work with the community to create new approaches to improving health,” said Keith C. Norris, executive vice president of research and health affairs at Charles Drew University.

The partnership examines high rates of preventable deaths in Los Angles County, the nation’s most populous and ethnically diverse. Advancing medicine in Los Angeles could create a pathway for the nation, said Dr. A. Eugene Washington, UCLA vice chancellor for health sciences and dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

The “investment in Los Angeles County will enable UCLA and its partners to more effectively pursue our transformative mission—to improve the health status of Los Angeles in a measurable way and enhance the quality of life for a significant number of our fellow Angelenos,” said Dr. Washington, who also serves on the board of trustees at Charles Drew University. 

“California, and Los Angeles in particular, has always been a trendsetter,” he added. “So as the rest of the U.S. population undergoes dramatic change, the experience and successes of our CTSI programs will offer a model for health improvement nationwide.”

The funding comes as part of national effort to expand a federally-funded chain of research centers. Overall, $200 million has been committed to building five new centers, totaling 60 overall. Along with UCLA, the others were: Pennsylvania State University, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey; University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City; University of Kentucky, Lexington; University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.



For more information, please contact:
Daryl Strickland

Charles Drew University of Medicine & Science
Telephone: (562) 229-4924
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About Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution.  Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals.  The only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S., CDU is recognized as a leader in translational and health inequities research, specifically with respect to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health, and HIV/AIDS.  Recently, the CDU/UCLA medical program was named the “best performer” in the University of California System with respect to producing outstanding underrepresented minority physicians by the Greenlining Institute.  For more information, visit .


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