Huge grant will accelerate medical research in Del.

By Mellany Armstrong 11:35am, February 7, 2014 - Updated 7:58am, February 8, 2014
VIDEO: WDEL's Mellany Armstrong reports.
A big boost to medical research in Delaware.

WDEL's Mellany Armstrong reports.

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"We are really going to work together to try to tackle some of the most onerous problems, healthcare problems, that affect all of us."

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The University of Delaware and partner institutions have gotten $25 million from the National Institutes of Health and Delaware to accelerate medical research. Stuart Binder-MacLeod is principal investigator on the ACCEL program at UD.

"We have young investigators with great ideas and if they could only get a little bit of pilot data, they really will be able to grow that idea into something bigger," he said.

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A research project on cardiovascular function in women at UD will get 80000

Megan Wenner researches cardiovascular function in women at UD and will get $80,000.

"And so this has been wonderful that this came through to be able to support this pilot project with the hopes that the date collected from this project can go on to submit a large NIH grant," she said.

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UD President Patrick Harker says the big grant will lead to more grants and jobs.

"And for training and developing the people who will take that research from the bench to the bedside where it heals and cures and promises our neighbors, all of us, a better quality of life," he said.

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Local leaders also will be consulted to identify research priorities in their communities.

Other partners sharing in the grant are Christiana Care Health System, Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children, and the Medical University of South Carolina. The four participating institutions will provide $3.3 million in matching funds, bringing the total project support to more than $28 million.

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