Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico Awarded a $15 Million Grant

PRCCI counts with various enduring collaborative relationships all around the island. Among those is the one with the Recinto de Ciencias Médicas (RCM for its name in Spanish) of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus.

Since 2017, the RCM has grown projects alongside other organizations such as the Ponce Health Sciences University and the Central University of the Caribbean to help position Puerto Rico at the center of investigation nation-wide. At PRCCI we have had the privilege to support the celebration of the week of Clinical Investigation, including its first time in Puerto Rico in 2019, which has been impactful within the clinical research field. This year, the event grew into the Day of Clinical Investigation and Translational, adding multiple other collaborators and strengthening the education within the field, nevertheless the value of collaborations continues to grow.

PRCCI is proud to share that the Medical Sciences Campus (RCM) of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), recently made public via news release that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) awarded a $15 Million dollars grant to establish the Hispanic Alliance for Clinical & Translational Research-The ALLIANCE. The project is a collaboration that will be led by Dr. Carlos Luciano and Dr. Marcia Cruz Correa from RCM, principal investigators of the grant, in collaboration with Dr. Diana Fernández from the Central University of the Caribbean and Dr. Pedro Santiago from Ponce Health Sciences University.

As stated by the RCM release The ALLIANCE will be supporting clinical and translational research, through the strengthening of areas such as research infrastructure, laboratories, and faculty development to support researchers of the three institutions and other academic institutions on the island. It will be focusing on the research of high-risk diseases’ frequency in the local population and how to address its impact on disadvantaged populations on the island.

“Congratulations to RCM for this ALLIANCE grant and to researchers from the three institutions who will be participating in this project. We would like as well to recognize all the joined work conducted since 2017. It is extremely gratifying and constructive to see initiatives such as the ALLIANCE materialize contributing to the collective strength of Puerto Rico research ecosystem and benefiting patients.  We look forward to all our future collaborations.” Dra. Amarilys Silva expressed.