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NIH Awards $4.8 Million Grant to the SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality

October 5, 2009

Patients who want to participate in clinical research trials in South Carolina will find it easier to do so, thanks to a $4.8 million federal grant to the Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC)-supported Center for Healthcare Quality, a University of South Carolina-based SmartState Center.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) Grand Opportunity (GO) Grant will accelerate the development of a statewide internet-based Research Permission Management System that will enable patients to find and volunteer for clinical research trials in South Carolina, receive notifications of future research trials related to their condition and protect their personal health information. The system also helps researchers manage legal, ethical, social, and bioinformatics requirements.

HSSC President and CEO Jay Moskowitz, PhD, is the grant’s principal investigator. HSSC Chief Medical Information Officer, Iain Sanderson, MSc, FRCA, is the co-investigator. Both hold endowed chairs within the SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality. A team of researchers from Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina, and the University of South Carolina (USC), along with consultants from Recombinant Data Corporation, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and Duke University, collaborated on the GO Grant application.

USC President Harris Pastides called the GO Grant award a major victory for South Carolina. “The South Carolina General Assembly created the SmartState program in 2002 with the vision of transforming our state’s economy by investing in research that can be commercialized. The NIH GO Grant is a tremendous endorsement of this vision.”

Added Moskowitz, “The SmartState Program, The Duke Endowment, and HSSC are critical catalysts for change in South Carolina. That the NIH recognizes this and has invested $4.8 million in our state’s health IT infrastructure is a powerful validation of our vision of transforming South Carolina’s economy and public health through research.”

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