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GUMC and Oak Ridge National Labs Form Research Partnership

Georgetown University Medical Center and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have announced an agreement between the institutions that formalizes their research relationship and will help facilitate additional biomedical research.

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Georgetown University Medical Center and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have announced an agreement between the institutions that formalizes their research relationship and will help facilitate additional biomedical research—particularly in the areas of structural biology, systems genetics, biomarkers, computational biology, and radiation biology.

The Comprehensive Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) signed by the two organizations is designed to make collaboration easier among researchers at the two organizations and is valid for five years.
 
"We are extremely pleased to be strengthening our collaborative research relationship with Oak Ridge National Laboratories," says Howard Federoff, MD, PhD, executive vice president for health sciences and executive dean of the school of medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center. "ORNL brings to the table supercomputing capabilities that will allow us to analyze, manage, and visualize complex molecular data that is collected at Georgetown. This collaboration brings us one step closer to being able to employ a systems-level approach to health and medicine and improve human health."
 
"We are very pleased to establish this relationship with such an outstanding medical research institution and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Georgetown University Medical Center," says ORNL Director Thom Mason, PhD.
 
In addition, GUMC and ORNL are continuing to explore new opportunities to expand the collaboration and plan to work together to submit a series of new proposals to agencies such as the NIH in the near future.
 
"We have just begun this relationship," Federoff says. "We look forward to exploring a variety of scientific areas by combining our complementary research strengths."
 
Source: Georgetown University Medical Center