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Publish Date: 09/08/99
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UC Medical Center Backs State Research Funding Proposal

Cincinnati—University of Cincinnati Medical Center Senior Vice President and Provost for Health Affairs Donald C. Harrison, MD, today announced his support for the proposal to allocate a significant share of Ohio's Tobacco Settlement funds for biomedical research.

"Allocating a substantial portion of the tobacco settlement funds to biomedical research would be a smart investment for Ohio," states Harrison. "Tobacco-related diseases account for more than 400,000 deaths each year. The settlement funds can support new and ongoing research to help find the causes and cures of these deadly diseases.

"For Cincinnati, the increase will help in the city's efforts to be a leader in the biomedical sciences industry," says Harrison. "The funds can serve to attract additional researchers and research positions in the area, strengthening the Tristate's economy.

"Increased research support at the state level may also lead to an increase in federal research funds," explains Harrison. "It is anticipated that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will have additional research funds in the years ahead. To receive these funds, Ohio's medical institutions need modern laboratories and equipment to attract leading researchers who will receive these grants."

UC Medical Center already enjoys a strong reputation in the field of biomedical research. In 1998, it received $118 million in federal research grants, and three departments in the College of Medicine rank in the top 10 by the National Institutes of Health, including Molecular Genetics, Environmental Health, and Obstetrics/Gynecology. The Carnegie Commission has designated UC as a Research I University, an honor shared by only 75 of the 5,000 higher education institutions in the country.

Today, the UC Medical Center joined a coalition of Ohio's biomedical research institutions voicing support for a plan presented to Ohio's Tobacco Settlement Task Force by the Ohio Office of Budget & Management.

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