University of Iowa leaders announced the renewal of a $21 million grant of a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Faculty and staff in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, the UI Carver College of Medicine, the UI colleges of Nursing, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Tippie College of Business will use the grant to expand the university’s research efforts beyond its borders to collect data from people in their home communities across the state.
“We are focusing on moving research beyond the university’s borders and out into the state,” said Dr. Patricia Winokur, executive dean of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and co-director of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS). “We want rural Iowans represented in the national mix of citizens participating in research because rural populations have been underrepresented in the past.”
Dr. Winokur and ICTS co-director Dr. Jeff Murray, professor of pediatrics, say this research approach could be very important for those in rural settings, though they think these strategies are useful for all patients and research volunteers throughout the country. At the same time, the grant provides infrastructure for researchers to use data from electronic medical records and develop better strategies for enhancing clinical and translational research.
The April 3 announcement marks the third renewal of the original 2007 CTSA grant. UI leaders point out that funds can only be used to pay for activities that are listed in the grant. Studies show that research funds that come to Iowa have a powerful effect that boosts local economies throughout the state.
Funding for the grant will be provided through 2023.