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CHRB Announces Awards Totaling $799,746

CHRB Announces Awards Totaling $799,746 to eight medical and health researchers in Virginia.

RICHMOND — Chairman of the Commonwealth Health Research Board, Dr. Robert S. Call today announced awards totaling $799,746 to eight medical and health researchers in Virginia. The researchers are from Carilion Medical Center, Eastern Virginia Medical School, George Mason University, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. “The Commonwealth Health Research Board [CHRB] provides great opportunities for researchers to improve the health of Virginia’s citizens,” said Dr. Call. “Virginia’s own CHRB is also a unique resource dedicated to help Virginia’s scientists achieve their dreams.”

The six new grants funded this year include: designing chemicals that will prevent tumor growth, studying genetic derangements in lung cancer tissue samples, development of broad spectrum therapeutics for treating bacterial infections, therapeutic treatment of spinal cord injury, studying drugs that may treat/prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, and research on a blinding disease in premature infants (retinopathy of prematurity).

Two investigators have received a second year of funding to enable them to continue studies in the following areas: exploring new treatment of multi-drug resistant bacteria and developing improved HIV therapy.

“It is always difficult, but fascinating, to choose those to be funded - - doubly so this year with lots of quality papers and less cash to distribute. We have a prime selection of researchers,” added CHRB Vice Chairman Dr. George E. Broman.

The list of researchers, their respective research institutions, the amounts of their awards, the matching funds supplied by the recipient institutions, and the titles of the projects are attached.

The Board was established in 1997 by the Virginia General Assembly using funds provided from the conversion of Trigon from a mutual company to a stock company. The Board awards grants for traditional medical and biomedical research as well as research related to health services and the delivery of health care. Since its inception in 1999 the CHRB has funded 149 research grants totaling over $11.5 million. CHRB grant recipients have leveraged $14.2 million in additional private and federal grant funds to further their research studies.