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Medical Moonshots: The Quantum Grant Program at NIBIB


Program Overview

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) established the Quantum Grants Program to make a profound (quantum) improvement in health care. This program challenged the research community to propose projects that have a highly focused, collaborative, and interdisciplinary approach targeted to solve a major medical problem or to resolve a highly prevalent technology-based medical challenge. The program consists of a 3-year exploratory phase to assess feasibility and identify best approaches, followed by a second phase of 5 to 7 years. To date, the NIBIB has awarded Quantum Grants to five interdisciplinary teams.

Major advances in medicine that lead to quantifiable improvements in public health require focused intellectual and financial commitment. The five Quantum Grants funded by NIBIB focus on stem cell therapies for diabetes and stroke, nanoparticles to help eliminate brain tumors, development of an implantable device to replace kidney dialysis, and a microchip to capture circulating tumor cells for clinical and research purposes.

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Grant Recipients

Amniotic Stem Cells: Therapy for Type 1 Diabetes
Anthony Atala, M.D.
Wake Forest University Health Services

Engineering Brain Microenvironments to Promote Stroke Recovery
Karen K. Hirschi, Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine

Nanoparticles Visualize and Destroy Brain Tumors
Raoul Kopelman, Ph.D.
University of Michigan

Improving Dialysis Patients' Quality of Life with Miniature Artificial Kidney
Shuvo Roy, Ph.D.
Cleveland Clinic, Lerner College of Medicine, Cast Western Reserve University

Microchip Captures Early Circulating Cancer Cells
Mehmet Toner, Ph.D.
Massachusetts General Hospital

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Quantum Grant Contact

For more information, please contact Albert Lee, Ph.D., Director, Quantum Grants Program.

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Last reviewed on: 10/09/2008

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