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GU-Howard Research Center Creates Community Board, Website

Dr. Thomas Mellman and Dr. Joseph Verbalis

Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science Co-Directors Dr. Thomas Mellman, left, and Dr. Joseph Verbalis hope the center's new website will reach numerous people in and beyond the Washington, D.C., area.

September 15, 2011 – The Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS) recently announced its first Community Advisory Board and launched a new website to complement its goal of transforming health care and preventive practices in the Washington, D.C., area.

Comprising 13 health and community advocates, the board ensures that research conducted by the center addresses the unique health issues that exist in the region.

Immediate Impact

“A major goal of the center is to rapidly translate research findings that can have an immediate impact on the health of our broader community,” says Dr. Joseph Verbalis, co-director of the center and a Georgetown professor of medicine. “The community advisory board is designed to serve a crucial function for achieving communication with, and guidance from the local community.”

For a complete list of local advisory board members, visit the GHUCCTS advisory board annoucnement.

Technology Advances

In addition to the board, the center has launched a new interactive website.

“The website will enhance one of the nation’s largest biomedical and clinical research networks while providing key information to community partners engaged in our research endeavors,” says Dr. Thomas Mellman, co-director of the center, professor of psychiatry and associate dean for clinical and translational research at Howard University.

“We all benefit from advances in technology, whether it is the product of basic laboratory research, clinical research involving new diagnostics or therapeutics in patients, or communication advances that enable us to more clearly represent our research programs and their impact,” Verbalis says. “Having a presence on the Internet allows us to reach thousands in our local area and throughout the world.”

NIH Grant

Last year, the National Institutes of Health $38.2 million awarded Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) and Howard a five-year, $38.2 million Clinical and Translational Sciences Award to support the center.

The center includes researchers from GUMC and Howard; MedStar Health/MedStar Health Research Institute in Hyattsville, Md.; the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn.; and the Washington, D.C., Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

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