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Cardiovascular Disease Management: NIH Grant
October 16, 2007, Volume 54, No. 8

Cardiac researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have received a $2.1 million NIH grant to pioneer studies in cardiovascular disease management and participate in a novel collaboration network to develop and implement research.

Penn is one of eight centers throughout the US and Canada to be a named a Clinical Coordinating Center in the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute-funded Clinical Research Network. This network will fund the creation of research and clinical trials to answer questions in cardiothoracic surgery that have eluded researchers.

The eight institutions that comprise the Cardiothoracic Surgical Network will collaborate over a five-year period to improve current technologies and create new ones to treat cardiovascular disease. “The establishment of this network will result in great benefit for patients. It also encourages leaders in cardiovascular surgery to share ideas, information, data and results,” said Dr. Michael Acker, chief of cardiovascular surgery at HUP, and principal investigator.

Almanac - October 16, 2007, Volume 54, No. 8