Children’s and GW receive $24 Million NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award

Lisa M. Guay-Woodford, M.D. directs the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children's National Health System

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences at the National Institutes of Health has awarded Children’s National Health System, in partnership with The George Washington University, a Clinical and Translational Science Award. The grant, made available to facilities across the nation through a competitive process, underwrites the existing Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National (CTSI-CN) and provides funding that is essential to continue the collaborative pediatric-focused translational research occurring at Children’s and at GW.

“I am thrilled to see this innovative partnership continue to grow,” says Kurt Newman, M.D., President and CEO of Children’s National Health System. “Pediatric research has always been part of our core mission. CTSI-CN takes these efforts to the next level by alleviating common challenges that researchers face in conducting pediatric research, so they can focus on the results that will really improve the lives of children.”

Dr. Lisa M. Guay-Woodford, M.D. directs the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National Health System. Dr. Guay-Woodford, M.D. says “The CTSI-CN partnership was created to catalyze the translation of research into actual improvements in child, family and community health here in Washington, DC, and around the country. This institute breaks down traditional research barriers, empowers laboratory and clinical investigators to collaborate with community partners and eases the administrative burdens of conducting research. These multidisciplinary collaborations, which include George Washington faculty from the School of Medicine & Health Sciences, the Milken Institute School of Public Health and the School of Engineering & Applied Science, are key to really revolutionizing how we understand childhood health issues and care for children and their families now and in the future.”

The five-year, $24 million award provides resources to investigators working within the CTSI-CN and creates new tools and systems to assist them with planning, developing and fulfilling research improving child and family health.

“The tools provided by the CTSI-CN partnership provide unprecedented support to investigators from the very beginning of their research study development process,” adds Robert H. Miller, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for Research in the GW School of Medicine & Health Sciences. “This partnership will enable us to foster the next generation of researchers and instill in them the principles of collaboration and responsibility in research conduct for both children and adults.”