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UW-Madison approves new research institute

Madison, Wis. - With the goal of transforming more health research into clinical practice, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has approved a new research entity - the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.

The institute is a collaboration of the four UW-Madison health sciences schools: Medicine and Public Health, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine. It will partner with the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, the research arm of the Marshfield Clinic, and consist of four pillars of support for researchers, including medical bioinformatics.

Marc Drezner, an associate dean for clinical and translational research, and program director for the UW General Clinical Research Center, a research unit in UW Hospital and Clinics, will direct the institute. Drezner said the working relationships between the UW-Madison health science schools and Marshfield Clinic will stimulate teamwork across Wisconsin that extends from basic science investigations to research in clinics and communities.

With the federal government encouraging collaborations between institutions and life-science businesses, the ICTR is pursuing a five-year, $65 million clinical and translational science grant from the National Institutes of Health. The grant application was submitted in January, and a decision is expected in the fall.

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