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WashU: NIH Grant Funds New Institute for Implementation-Science Training

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $838,500 to the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis to train the next generation of researchers to improve the adoption of evidence-based practices to reduce chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.

The annual, five-day training and ongoing mentoring for post-doctoral researchers aims to shorten the gap between research results and their use in community and clinical settings. The training will be delivered by the Institute for Scholars in Implementation Science (IS-2), a new program based at the Brown School and led by Dr. Debra Haire-Joshu, Joyce Wood Professor; and Dr. Ross Brownson, Lipstein Distinguished Professor and Director of the Prevention Research Center. The training involves nine Washington University faculty from the Brown School, the School of Medicine and the Olin Business School.

“Research discoveries often take 15-20 years before being incorporated into practice,” Dr. Haire-Joshu said. “This training of the next generation of dissemination and implementation researchers will improve the adoption of behavioral and social science interventions that may eliminate chronic disease disparities.”

Chronic diseases are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, and the primary drivers of the nation’s $3.3 trillion in annual health care costs.

“Research can successfully reduce chronic disease and its deadly effects, but more study is needed to take into account the social determinants of health,” Dr. Brownson said. “Our innovative program will promote the use of evidence-based interventions in real-world settings where a large reduction in chronic disease is feasible.”

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