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Cuomo: $17.2 million awarded to train physicians

Rochester, N.Y. - More than $17 million has been awarded to 31 academic medical institutions to help train researchers in New York.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in a press release Wednesday that $17.2 million has been awarded to medical institutions, including the University of Rochester, in order to train physician researchers working on clinical research projects.

Research ranges from the prevention of obesity to treatments for glaucoma.

The awards are provided by the Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program (ECRIP) and help cover the costs of physicians-in-training fellowships and associated costs to conduct resrearch.

12 institutions will receice Center Awards of $1,197,766 each to train a team of five fellows per institution. According to the ECRIP, 19 institutions are to receive Individual Awards of $150,000 each. The Individual Awards will train fellows in diverse research fields such as breast cander, newborn genetic diseases, HIV prevention and spinal cord injury.

"Surgical care and medical-based procedures are one of the largest components of the U.S. health care system," said Mark Taubman, dean of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. "With more than 230 million performed annually for various conditions including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. This project will support research by junior faculty and trainees in several departments and will focus on identifying variations in care and risk factors, eliminating complications, and developing cost-effective models for seamless care that can be replicated across New York State."

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