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CWRU wins $1.33 million National Institutes of Health contract

Case Western Reserve University’s schools of medicine and engineering have won a $1.33 million, two-year contract from the National Institutes of Health to develop an informatics highway for medical researchers.

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Case Western Reserve University has won a $1.33 million, two-year contract from the National Center for Research Resources of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The contract, one of three awarded by the NIH, is aimed at funding a pilot to expand informatics support for medical investigators. The medical and engineering schools at Case will collaborate with researchers at other institutions to develop an informatics highway for collecting, managing and analyzing data across several intitutions.

Informatics is the science of gathering, manipulating, storing and classifying recorded information, usually by using computer software or hardware.

“The software developed will provide easier collaboration [among] investigators from diverse disciplines and help them better address complex health problems,” said Dr. Susan Redline of Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, in a written statement.

Redline and G.Q. Zhang of Case Engineering School are co-principal investigators on the project, which includes researchers from Marshfield Clinic; University of Wisconsin, Madison; and the University of Michigan.

In 2007, Case researchers received a $64 million Clinical and Translational Science Award from the NIH in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and MetroHealth Medical Center.

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