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MCW awarded $20 million Clinical and Translational Science Award to continue collaborative biomedical research in Southeastern Wisconsin

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has been awarded a five-year, $20 million Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health. The grant will fund the continued work of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeastern Wisconsin (CTSI), a consortium of eight regional organizations whose mission is to advance the health of the community through research and discovery. 
The CTSI was founded in 2010.  Its members include the BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Clement Zablocki VA Medical Center, Froedtert Hospital, Marquette University, MCW, Milwaukee School of Engineering, and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Concordia University Wisconsin is an affiliate of CTSI. The Consortium is well situated at MCW, with its dedication to patient care, research, and community engagement. In addition, MCW is the largest research institution in the Milwaukee metro area and second largest in Wisconsin. More than 1,350 physicians provide care in virtually every specialty of medicine for more than 425,000 patients annually.
Using innovative strategies, CTSI members work to quickly translate research discoveries into preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic interventions for patients. Consortium members share resources, technology, knowledge and expertise to work towards those goals. The CTSI research portfolio includes more than 185 studies, with more than 47 collaborative research studies underway.
New CTSI programs and advancements include the development of new technologies for patient care and wellness, including a new DNA test for organ transplant rejection; an Avatar program for virtual medical offices; formation of the Clinical Research Database Warehouse, which includes more than 1.3 million patients and allows the partners to participate in national outcomes research initiatives; and research in special populations, including more than 15 research projects focused on veterans and housed at the Clement Zablocki VA Medical Center.