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NIH awards $4.8M grant to Center for Healthcare Quality

Patients who want to participate in potentially life-saving clinical research trials in South Carolina will find it easier to do so, thanks to a $4.8 million federal grant to the University of South Carolina’s Center for Healthcare Quality.

The funding, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the federal government’s largest funder of medical research, will accelerate the development of a statewide Internet-based research network that will enable patients to identify and volunteer for clinical research trials in the state, receive notifications of future research trials related to their condition and protect their personal health information. The Research Permissions Management System also will help enable researchers to manage legal, ethical, social and bioinformatics requirements.

Called a Grand Opportunity (GO) Grant, the multi-million dollar grant is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Dr. Jay Moskowitz, who is based at the university, is the grant’s principal investigator and the center’s endowed chair in Translational Research. Dr. Iain Sanderson, a co-investigator based at MUSC, is the center’s endowed chair for medical informatics.

Moskowitz, who also is president and CEO of Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC), said the GO Grant will give people suffering from serious disease more treatment options.

“For people with life-threatening illnesses like cancer, clinical research trials are often the last bastion of hope,” he said. “Increasingly, patients and their family members are looking to the Internet for a medical lifeline. It is our goal to extend the lifeline to more people in and outside of South Carolina with the statewide Research Permission Management System.”

“With this system, patients will soon be able to find clinical trials at HSSC partner organizations, provide informed consent, protect their privacy, and receive notification of future trials related to their condition. They also will have the option of donating discarded tissue samples to research studies that will then help other people.”

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$4.8 million GO grant

  • What: Research award from National Institutes of Health to bolster online clinical research trials
  • Who: Dr. Jay Moskowitz is the principal investigator

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