Improving Research Capacity to Impact Heart Health, Healthy Minds & Cancer

Growing the capacity of MCW investigators to impact health outcomes statewide

Full Project Name:Improving Heart Health, Supporting Healthy Minds & Dismantling CancerPrincipal Investigator:Ann B. Nattinger, MD, MPH, Office of ResearchAward Amount:$5,000,000
Award Date
May2019
Project Duration:72 months

Project Description Narrative:


To address critical, statewide health needs in the areas of cardiovascular health, brain and mental health, and cancer, the Medical College of Wisconsin Office of Research must have the capacity and capabilities to support MCW faculty and research staff in their work to bring scientific discoveries that can benefit the health of Wisconsin residents from the bench to the bedside.

Through this award, the MCW Office of Research will enhance MCW investigators' abilities to engage in research around AHW focus areas through the devleopment of pilot grants to support investigative teams in early-stage research and preliminary data discovery, enhance research productivity, and build capacity for the development of drugs, devices, and clinical trials that can impact health statewide.

Project Updates:


  • Funded seed grants to promote research through purchases of critical equipment, obtaining preliminary data to strengthen extramural resubmissions, and forming team science initiatives to increase MCW's research capacity, resulting in two awardees securing extramural funding to date
  • Continued educating research teams and providing support in the design and execution of safe, effective and high-quality clinical trials, including supporting 35 unique clinical trials across 12 departments in budget negotiation and responding to over 200 research-related billing inquiries
  • Continued to serve as a navigator and subject matter expert for MCW investigators working in the early phase of drug or device development, including two new Investigational New Drugs (INDs) submitted to the FDA
  • Continued to increase capacity of the Bioengineering Service Center serving 94 unique labs to date

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