Program grows clinical, translational researchers

Wanted: Clinical and translational researchers. The University of Michigan, like the National Institutes of Health, sees a growing need for both. U of M is addressing it through offerings for current and prospective researchers.

The university is a 2007 winner of the NIH-funded Clinical & Translational Science Awards, an annual program to educate the next generation of clinical researchers. "The NIH realized about 10 years ago that we need a pipeline," says Karis Crawford, assistant managing director for education at U of M. Evidence-based medicine is the trend, Crawford says

U of M is one of the 55 research institutions to receive funding from CTSA, which began in 2006.

This year saw awards to nine research centers, expanding the network to such institutions as Georgetown University, the University of California (at Irvine and at San Diego), and the University of Massachusetts, Worcester.

"The government wants evidence-based medicine," Crawford says, "and they won't get that if we don't have trained clinical researchers."

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