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<p>Twelve teams of Indiana scientists have been awarded the first grants from the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, awards meant to foster collaborative efforts to develop new medical treatments and services.</p>

CTSI Grants to Jumpstart Biomedical Research Projects Across Indiana

The teams, each of which received a CTSI Collaboration in Biomedical/Translational Research Pilot Program Grant of up to $75,000, include researchers from Indiana and Purdue universities and the University of Notre Dame.

The grants are meant to help Indiana scientists conduct early-stage research projects that will lead to grant awards from external sources, such as the National Institutes of Health. In order to foster collaboration, the program required each grant proposal include participation from scientists from two or more of the sponsoring academic campuses: Purdue, IU Bloomington, IUPUI, IU School of Medicine and Notre Dame.

“These awards will help more than two-dozen scientists across Indiana do the difficult, early-stage work necessary to show that their research can produce scientific discoveries that will benefit patients,” said Anantha Shekhar, M.D., Ph.D.

More than 100 research proposals were submitted in competition for the awards, which demonstrates the strength of the research efforts at Indiana’s universities, said Dr. Shekhar.

The Indiana CTSI is a statewide collaboration of researchers and health care specialists in academia, business and government created to transform scientific discoveries into new medical treatments and services. The CTSI was formed in 2008 with a $25 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The projects selected include research into various aspects of cancer treatment, biomedical imaging, panic disorder, brain functions, Alzheimer disease, infectious diseases, pain and schizophrenia.

A detailed listing of the investigators and projects can be found at the Indiana CTSI web site at