UAMS-Based Investigators Get $39M Grant Renewal

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The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences said Thursday that it’s been awarded $39 million from the National Institutes of Health to continue to oversee an 18-site pediatric clinical trial network.

The network provides children in underserved or rural areas access to clinical studies on environmental influences on early development, UAMS said.

The Data Coordinating and Operations Center for the NIH Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes Institutional Development Award States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network at UAMS is led by Jeannette Lee, Ph.D., professor of biostatistics, and Jessica Snowden, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases in the UAMS College of Medicine.

After originally receiving $41.8 million in funding in 2016, the center will use this latest grant to continue its work for an additional five years.

The DCOC implements large clinical trials across 18 states to inform programs, practices and policies that enhance the health of children, UAMS said. 

One of the 18 sites is Arkansas Children’s Research Institute, which received a $2.1 million renewal grant from the NIH for funding through 2025.

Examples include studies of asthma treatment, pediatric obesity, and improving the care of infants experiencing opioid withdrawal.