(From the January 2014 Issue of MedStat)
A bill eight years in the making to strengthen pediatric biomedical research has headed to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law. The legislation, known as the National Pediatric Research Network Act and strongly supported by The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s, is bipartisan legislation that aims to accelerate research breakthroughs to develop new treatments and therapies for pediatric diseases and conditions. The legislation authorizes the NIH to establish pediatric research consortia throughout the nation. Each consortium will be investigator-initiated, consist of multiple institutions in a "hub and spoke" arrangement and be competitively selected through a rigorous peer review process. The bill includes a focus on pediatric rare diseases and conditions, or those related to birth defects.
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