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Million Research Grant Won By Musculoskeletal Center
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University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Center for Education and
Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) has won a $3.8 million grant renewal
from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for research into
inflammatory, arthritic and musculoskeletal diseases and their
The award allows the UAB CERTs, one of
14 centers in the nation, to continue its often-cited research on the
safety and effectiveness of new therapeutics for these diseases. The
UAB CERTs works diligently to move these new therapeutics into the
clinical-testing phase for potentially widespread use.
the renewal funds will help UAB CERTs continue its work at reducing
treatment disparities among minority communities where musculoskeletal
diseases are a problem. Focusing on such disparities is accomplished
through physician, health-care training and community outreach
programs, said Kenneth Saag, M.D., M.Sc., professor of in the UAB
Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology and director of the
"At a time when there is increasing
scrutiny over the safe and cost effective use of drugs, medical devices
and biologics, our mission is very important. Our many talented
researchers throughout UAB and within CERTs make this mission
possible." Saag said.
"Entering our third cycle of
funding, we are very pleased to be part of this national group, and to
be in a class of 14 nationwide is an honor," he said.
areas of focus within UAB CERTs are the development of more effective
policies for treating these disease, and educational programs for
physicians who see musculoskeletal patients through their own medical
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CERTs also led a worldwide push to
better understand how existing musculoskeletal treatments should be
used within the framework of newer therapeutic discoveries for
conditions like arthritis and osteoporosis.
$3.8 million grant is part of a total $41.6 million funding award
announced to expand the CERTs program through the Agency for Healthcare
Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of health and human services. The
number of CERTs has increased to 14, up from less than a dozen a few
The other centers are Kaiser Permanente's Center for
Health Research in Portland; Duke University in Durham, N.C.; Harvard
Pilgrim Health Care in Boston; Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston;
The Critical Path Institute in Tucson, Arizona; Cincinnati's Children's
Hospital Medical Center; Vanderbilt University in Nashville; University
of Chicago; University of Illinois at Chicago; University of Texas M.D.
Anderson Cancer Center in Houston; Rutgers, The State University of New
Jersey in Camden; University of Iowa in Iowa City; and Weill Medical
College of Cornell University in New York.
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