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A member of the Delaware IDeA Network of Biomedical Research (INBRE), Christiana Care shares a five-year $17.4 million grant from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) at the National Institutes of Health to advance research in key areas including cancer and heart disease, bringing cutting-edge treatments to improve the health of Delawareans.

The INBRE grant, awarded in April 2009, supports cancer, cardiovascular disease and neuroscience research programs, as well as new research centers in bioinformatics, clinical outcomes research, cardiovascular research and neuroscience research, and graduate education and student research. This is the second federal grant for the INBRE partnership whose other members are the University of Delaware's Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI), Delaware State University, Wesley College, Delaware Technical and Community College, and Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children.

Cancer research
INBRE supports cancer research projects in cancer stem cell biology, cancer cell mobility and metastasis, DNA repair, and development computer-based tools for simulation and early diagnosis.

The Center for Translational Cancer Research, a collaborative with the University of Delaware, at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, plays a major role. Christiana Care physicians are providing human tissue samples to scientists developing new treatments in the laboratory through the Tissue Procurement Center housed in the Department of Pathology.

Nicholas J. Petrelli, M.D., Bank of America endowed medical director of the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center leads INBRE's cancer research program.

Cardiovascular research
Researchers are looking at the effects of kidney function and diet on cardiovascular events, and biomaterials for cardiac tissue engineering.

William S. Weintraub, M.D., chief of cardiology at the Center for Heart and Vascular Health is mentoring both cardiovascular and neuroscience studies and leads the overall analytical effort as director of the Christiana Care Center for Outcomes Research (CCOR).

Funded projects under the grant include research by CCOR Director of Operations Claudine Jurkowitz, M.D., MPH, into the effect of kidney function on the association between obesity and cardiovascular events.

INBRE 1: Previously as a member of INBRE, Christiana Care received $1.65 million a year for five years (August 2004-June 2009) helping to promote life sciences research and education in Delaware in five core areas: administration, bioinformatics, training and mentoring, research instrumentation and academic medicine.

For more information visit the INBRE Web site.

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