Department of Health presents nearly $6.6 million health research grant to Penn State
Pennsylvania Department of Health | 07.10.13
The grants are important for disease prevention and improving public health.
Harrisburg – Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Michael Wolf today presented a nearly $6.6 million grant to The Pennsylvania State University that will help fund projects ranging from cancer and hepatitis B research to smoking cessation.
The Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement (CURE) Program funds grants for health research with the purpose of discovering new scientific knowledge to help improve the health of all Pennsylvanians.
These grants, allocated in the 2012-13 fiscal year, focus on specific research priorities established and reviewed by the Department of Health in conjunction with the Health Research Advisory Committee, a panel made up of universities and research institutes.
“The Department of Health is honored to provide grants to some of Pennsylvania’s finest universities to continue to enhance our state’s role as an internationally recognized leader in health research,” said Wolf.
“These funds are important for disease prevention and improving public health.”
Wolf presented the $6,589,749 award today to Penn State’s President Rodney Erickson and Dr. Harold L. Paz, the CEO of Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Health System. Dr. Paz also serves as Penn State’s senior vice president for health affairs and is the dean of the Penn State College of Medicine.
“Since 2001, tobacco funds have provided seed funding that has helped faculty members at Pennsylvania’s research institutions, including Penn State, win an estimated $2.4 billion in additional funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies,” Erickson said. “We’re proud to partner with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on this initiative to advance science, knowledge and the quality of life of Pennsylvania citizens.”
The grants must focus on clinical, health services, and/or biomedical research, with a goal of improving health status and access.
By law, the grants must focus on clinical, health services, and/or biomedical research, with a goal of improving health status and access.
“We are grateful to the commonwealth of Pennsylvania for its continued support of medical research through the CURE program,” Paz said. “These funds make a huge difference not just to our researchers, but above all, to the patients and families who look to academic health centers like ours for new discoveries and new hope.”
This year, there are 28 CURE grant recipients receiving awards totaling $41.9 million.
Since the grant program’s inception, Penn State University has received approximately $109 million in CURE funding, part of the nearly $800 million in total CURE awards.
Find more information about the CURE program on the Department of Health’s website at www.health.state.pa.us/cure.