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History of the CRN

In response to a global emphasis on more health-related research, the Clinical Research Network (CRN) at FSU’s College of Medicine was formally launched in the fall of 2010. In 2003, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – which leads the world in funding health-related research – launched its Roadmap initiative. Re-engineering the clinical research enterprise was a fundamental focus of this funding initiative, which was designed to translate scientific discovery into real health gains for the United States.

Health IMPACTS for Florida (Integrating Medical Practice and Community-based Translational Science) was our initial community-based research effort that combined Florida State’s strength in a distributed medical education model with University of Florida’s expertise in clinical and translational science research. This 2010 collaboration began with funding through a joint $600,000 grant from the State University System (SUS) of Florida Board of Governors. The award, under the New Florida 2010 Scholar’s Clustering Grant Program, aimed to foster collaborations among state institutions in the areas of health, science and engineering. It was part of a broader program to engage the SUS in the creation of high-skill, high-wage, knowledge-based employment opportunities.

With the addition of the University of Miami and multiple healthcare institutions across the state, to the UF and FSU collaboration, Health IMPACTS for Florida grew to become the OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium, which brings the benefits of health care research to all of Florida’s 67 counties. The consortium unites researchers, clinicians, patients and other stakeholders to work to address some of Florida’s biggest health challenges right where Floridians receive care: in clinics and hospitals around the state. For more information on this collaborative research effort, please visit the consortium’s website at www.onefloridaconsortium.org.