Miami Herald (09.10.12)
The University of Miami recently was awarded a $20 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to translate research results into improved health care in certain areas, including prevention of mother to infant HIV transmission, testing women in little Haiti for cervical cancer, and the use of stem cells to treat heart disease. The grant will help the university establish the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute to make sure scientific research is translated from medical journals into improved patient care, particularly in marginalized communities. One focus of the institute will be the intersection of culture and health care in treatment as well as disease prevention and wellness. The grant provides money for gathering, storing, and analyzing patient data in a single database to help researchers recognize patterns in certain demographics and identify risk factors. Some of the money will be used for research, and some will be used to pay salaries of community leaders who partner with the university on the research.