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Title CTSAs Collaboration in Underserved Population
Year 2011, 2012
Contributor/Contact Nawar Shara
CTSA Georgetown-Howard
Success Topic Collaboration, Direct clinical impact, Grants, Protocols, Training/support for new investigators
Description of Success Georgetwon-Howard CTSA investigators based at National Rehabilitaion Hospital (NRH) have been working with a variety of collaborators with the goal of promoting cross-disciplinary research activities in the D.C. area. Two examples have resulted in grant proposals currently under consideration.

Dr Suzanne Groah, Director of SCI Research at NRH has established a formal collaboration with Dr Eric Hoffman, Director of the Center for Genetic Medicine Research at Children's National Medical Center, Dr Hans Pohl in the Center for Genetic Medicine Research and Department of Urology at Children's National Medical Center, and the J. Craig Venter Institute to explore translational use of metagenomic technology in the diagnosis and treatment of people with disabilities who are at high risk of life threatening infections. This team has submitted 2 proposals to NIH and 1 to the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

Clinical investigators at NRH are also utilizing the CTSA mechanism and partnerships to expand collaborations and research for underserved and vulnerable populations. Dr. Suzanne Groah (NRH) and Dr. Mark Blackman (DC-VAMC) are working with Shannon Sullivan, MD, PhD? (Department of Endocrinology). Through this collaboration we are aiming to attract early career investigators to research areas affecting vulnerable disabled populations. This collaboration attracts promising researchers to expand research to populations that they would otherwise not have exposure to. Another grant proposal has been submitted by this team to the Craig H Neilsen Foundation to explore hypopituatary function in men with spinal cord injury.

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Topic revision: r2 - 09 Dec 2011 - 05:45:46 - NawarShara

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