LA JOLLA ---- UC San Diego received a $37.2 million grant Wednesday as part of a federal initiative to make medical research more productive.
The new push is funded with $255 million over five years from the National Institutes of Health. Its goal is to hasten moving discoveries from the laboratory to patients, a field known as "translational science" or translational medicine.
With Wednesday's announcement, UCSD joins the top ranks of an NIH-supervised national network to advance translational science. UCSD's grant goes to its Clinical and Translational Research Institute, part of its health sciences division.
The rest of the $255 million in what are called clinical science and translational awards goes to eight other institutes, including $56.8 million to the University of Southern California and $20 million to UC Irvine. That amounts to 45 percent of the total for the three Southern California universities.
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