The University of Wisconsin-Madison will receive $41 million in the next five years to help it move medical discoveries from research labs to public practice.
The grant comes from the National Institutes of Health and goes to UW’s new Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.
The grant is considered one of the largest ever for the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. The school was one of 12 to receive such grants from NIH. A dozen other institutions won similar grants last year, the program’s first year.
The institute was started in January with the goal of helping get more biomedical research into everyday practices.
“In spite of many discoveries at universities and the like, the impact of those discoveries on health in the community has not been as dramatic as we would like,” said Marc Drezner, institute director and a professor of medicine and associate dean for clinical and translational research at the School of Medicine and Public Health.
Take aspirin, he said. The common medication is known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, but only 60 percent of people who should be using it are, he said.
The institute hopes to break down barriers and disseminate findings more quickly, he said. The institute will be looking at those barriers, such as physicians who may not have been sufficiently educated about new findings or patients who are leery of new methods.
The institute will work with UW-Madison’s four health sciences schools: medicine and public health, nursing, pharmacy and veterinary medicine. It also will work with the College of Engineering and the Marshfield Clinic, a private group medical practice with 700 doctors and specialists.
The institute will ask for help from community health offices and public health departments throughout Wisconsin, Drezner said.
– Associated Press
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