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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) impact on the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of a major disease or national public health problem through the development and implementation of biomedical technologies, within 10 years. This program challenged the research community to propose projects that have a highly focused, collaborative, interdisciplinary and milestone-driven approach, targeted to solve a major medical problem or to resolve a highly prevalent technology-based medical challenge. The program consists of an initial 3-year exploratory phase to assess feasibility and identify best approaches, followed by a second implementation phase of 5-7 years. In September 2010, NIBIB awarded Phase II Quantum Grants to four interdisciplinary teams.

Major advances in medicine that lead to quantifiable improvements in public health require focused intellectual and financial commitment. The four Phase II Quantum Grants funded by NIBIB focus on computer-designed cardiovascular implants that liberate patients from anticoagulation therapy, a microchip to capture circulating tumor cells for very early detection and to monitor treatment, ensuring interoperability of medical devices in high acuity care settings to reduce medical errors and improve care, and a new paradigm in self-administered vaccines that could be sent through the mail.

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Funding Opportunities

Grant Recipients

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

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

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

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

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

Quantum Grant Program Contact

Steven Krosnick, Program Director, Division of Applied Science & Technology
Phone: 301-594-3009

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Last Updated On 11/29/2011