The National Institutes of Health today awarded a $55 million grant to be shared by Oregon Health and Science University and Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research. The grant, which the facilities was won in a highly competitive process, will fund a new home for clinical and translational research.

The grant is part of an new effort by NIH to shorten the time it takes to turn medical research into available therapies. In theory, it will allow scientists and clinical researchers in different fields to more easily work with each other. The OHSU/Kaiser award was one of 12 made by NIH.

Others receiving the awards included Duke University, the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, the University of California-Davis and Yale University.

The new Oregon home will actually be two existing homes and one under construction - the OHSU Hatfield Research Center on Marquam Hill, the Center for Health Research on Kaiser Permanate's campus on North Interstate Avenue, and the new Center for Health and Healing that OHSU is building in the South Waterfront neighborhoods.

From NIH's point of view, the goal of the new program is to get medical research institutions to better share knowledge and work together on research and clinical trials. Eventually, NIH hopes to link up to 60 medical research institutions together in one giant consortium.

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