Over $1.5 Million in Funding

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Since 1985, the GCRC has had continued funding from the NIH National Center for Research Resources to provide clinical scientists the essential resources necessary to conduct patient-oriented research. The most important purpose of the GCRC is to provide clinical research infrastructure for investigators who receive their primary research funding from the NIH. The facility may assist investigators funded by other federal, state and local agencies, as well as the private sector.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 19, 2004) -- The University of Kentucky General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) has received renewed funding of $ 1,755,056 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for this, its 20th consecutive year. Part of this funding will be used to support an exceptional combined medical and dental clinical research program, one of the first of its kind in the nation.

“The General Clinical Research Center provides a rare opportunity for UK researchers to transfer knowledge of bench science to new methods of patient care,” said Nancy E. Kukulinsky, Ph.D., director, administrative core, GCRC. “It also provides new therapy to those patients who are willing to participate in the studies. Funding from the NIH for the 20th consecutive year demonstrates the quality of the research programs at UK.”

Ten students, eight from the College of Medicine and two from the College of Dentistry, have been chosen for the Mentored Medical/Dental Student Clinical Research Program, administered by the UK GCRC through the National Institutes of Health National Center for Research Resources (NIH/NCRR). The program fosters collaborative interest and expertise in clinical research in medical and dental faculty and students.

The program seeks to encourage students to pursue careers in academics and to establish sound clinical research practices. Mentoring is key in the program. Students will be paired with senior medical and dental faculty members to guide them through research projects from development to implementation. These collaborative research experiences will benefit both faculty and students in the College of Medicine and the College of Dentistry. The students were officially notified of their awards in May and will begin the program immediately.

Since 1985, the GCRC has had continued funding from the NIH National Center for Research Resources to provide clinical scientists the essential resources necessary to conduct patient-oriented research. The most important purpose of the GCRC is to provide clinical research infrastructure for investigators who receive their primary research funding from the NIH. The facility may assist investigators funded by other federal, state and local agencies, as well as the private sector.

For more information on the Mentored Medical/Dental Student Clinical Research Program and the UK GCRC, contact Kukulinsky at (859) 323-6623.


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