NIH Awards $1.5 Grant to URMC for Hematology Research Training

July 06, 2007

The University of Rochester Medical Center has been awarded a $1.46 million, five-year interdepartmental grant to for training in hematology research. The goal of the program is to train physicians and scientists for active research careers in basic and clinical sciences in nonmalignant hematology, such as sickle cell anemia and hemophilia, and malignant hematology, such as leukemia and lymphoma.

“While there is a shortage of hematology researchers, science is progressing rapidly and there is a lot of opportunity for research in this field,” said Charles Francis, M.D., professor of Medicine and director of the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Program and  director of the training program. “This grant helps us attract researchers with tremendous potential.”

Craig Mullen, M.D., Ph.D., professor of Pediatrics and director of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology is the co-director. Program faculty are drawn from the departments of Medicine, Pediatrics, Microbiology & Immunology, Biomedical Genetics and Environmental Medicine.

The training grant will provide support each year for four postdoctoral fellows (M.D. and/or Ph.D.) and two Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. students. This award was a competitive renewal for the program which is now entering its 31st year. The program was one of the first training grants in hematology ever sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the NIH.

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