January 26, 2009

NIH Hires TCG to Support Initiative Linking Animal Models to Human Disease

Project will integrate data and information about animal models

Washington, DC, January 26, 2009: TCG, a leading government technology strategy and IT company, announced today that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded the company a contract to design and build the database and Web site supporting the Linking Animal Models to Human Disease Initiative (LAMHDI).

Under the two-year, $1.57 million contract, TCG will build and operate a Web-based resource to integrate data and information about animal models to enable the animal model and human disease research communities to identify useful resources and apply them in their research. The National Center for Research Resources will manage the contract for the NIH.

“LAMHDI will assist animal model and human disease researchers worldwide to find, access, and build on a wide variety of existing animal models and data,” said Daniel A. Turner, President of TCG. “We built our approach around a successful example, the Neuroimaging Informatics Tools and Resources Clearinghouse, so we are delighted to expand our relationship with the NIH, and look forward to a close working relationship with the agency and the research community at large.”  The NITRC Web site is at www.nitrc.org.

The work will be performed by TCG’s Washington, DC, office in collaboration with the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

About TCG
TCG (Turner Consulting Group, www.tcg.com), a Washington, DC-based company, is a business process and IT advisory services company with a focus on grants management, scientific research collaboration, and CMMI mentoring and software engineering best practices.

TCG focuses on helping government agencies use the power of the Internet and the Web to better interact with the public, and to generate internal cost savings and efficiencies. TCG projects have won awards for their groundbreaking achievements, including piloting the first inter-agency grants management system, and creating the first inter-agency government system to receive secure information from the general public.
TCG was one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the United States in 2007 and 2001, as ranked by Inc. magazine. The firm has been on Washington Technology’s Fast 50. The company was SEI-assessed at Capability Maturity Model Integration Maturity Level 2 in April 2004.

For more information, contact David G. Cassidy on 202–742-8471 or david.cassidy@tcg.comThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it , or see www.tcg.com.

About the National Institutes of Health
NCRR, a part of NIH, provides laboratory scientists and clinical researchers with the resources and training they need to understand, detect, treat and prevent a wide range of diseases. NCRR supports all aspects of translational and clinical research, connecting researchers, patients and communities across the nation. For more information, visit www.ncrr.nih.gov.

The National Institutes of Health — The Nation’s Medical Research Agency — includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research and it investigates the causes, treatments and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.