USC, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles receive $36.6M for translational science research

The Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles recently received a $36.6 million Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health.  

The award will support the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute, which focuses on translating research into improved healthcare, with a special focus on diverse and underserved communities. The organizations said initiatives include collaboration with USC's Institute for Creative Technology to create "virtual humans" to engage children and their families in clinical research, working to transform the way healthcare is delivered to vulnerable populations, and training community members to provide support to increase underrepresented populations in clinical trials.

"This was a major team effort," Thomas Buchanan, MD, director of the SC CTSI, said in a prepared statement. "The SC CTSI has been a driving force behind the development of a culture that translates scientific discoveries into improved healthcare and health in the communities that we serve. The award will let us continue this important work. It also secures our place in the national CTSA consortium, where our faculty members can participate in multi-site clinical trials and compete for other research awards open only to CTSA institutions."


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