A physical therapist (PT), researcher, and educator will be leading a program that has received over $20 million in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding to foster clinical and translational research. Stuart A. Binder-Macleod, PT, PhD, FAPTA, will serve as principal investigator and director of the Delaware Clinical and Translational Accel program, 1 of only 4 winners of an NIH Institutional Development Award (IDeA).
The program, known as Delaware-CTR ACCEL, combines expertise from the Christiana Care Health System, Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children, the Medical University of South Carolina, and the University of Delaware (UD) to create opportunities to link research to practice by creating 1 regional home for translational science. During its first year of operation, Delaware-CTR ACCEL intends to create infrastructure, raise public awareness, and facilitate the recruitment and training of clinicians, scientists, and engineers to "synergistically develop outstanding clinical and translational research programs," according to a press release from the program.
Binder-Macleod is associate vice provost for clinical and translational research at UD and Edward L. Ratledge Professor and chair of the UD Department of Physical Therapy. He is also a former editorial board member for APTA's Physical Therapy journal and a widely published author (link is to full text articles available for free).
The NIH IDeA awards program is intended to build research capacities in states that have had low levels of NIH funding in the past. In addition to the $20 million in support from NIH, the Delaware-CTR ACCEL program also received $5 million from the state of Delaware and $3.3 million in matching funds from the participating institutions.
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