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Publish Date: 12/20/99
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UC College of Medicine Awarded Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant

Cincinnati—The University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine has received a $2 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to enhance the college's research infrastructure. The college plans to use the award to help provide state-of-the-art facilities for the study of genomics (gene expression), informatics (data collection), and proteomics (protein expression), at UC and Children's Hospital Medical Center.

UC is one of 41 medical schools to receive this grant. HHMI will give a total of $92 million over the next four years to these medical schools. The awards range from $1.5 million to $4 million. HHMI invited 126 medical schools to compete for the grants. A panel of experts reviewed 105 proposals that were submitted and made recommendations to HHMI's management and trustees.

"Genomics, informatics, and proteomics are areas that we are growing at UC's College of Medicine," says John Hutton, dean of the college. "This award will enable us to expand our efforts in these initiatives."

"Medical schools are where a great many of the most important biomedical advances occur, yet they are being squeezed by the growth of managed care, new government policies, and other changes," said HHMI President Purnell W. Choppin. "These resources will help medical schools to maintain the critical basic and clinical research activities that yield so many advances for patients."

"These are the key areas of molecular medicine, the medicine of the 21st century," said Joseph Perpich, HHMI's vice president of grants and special programs. "The genius of this country's academic medicine has always been the integration of basic and clinical research, and these grants are making it possible for medical schools to continue to lead the way."

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