Case Western Reserve researcher lands Director’s New Innovator Awards from NIH For the second consecutive year, a Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine researcher has landed one of the year's much-coveted Director's New Innovator Awards from the National Institutes of Wellness . Principal investigator Rong Xu, PhD, assistant professor of medical informatics, will receive $2,377,000 for five years, starting immediately, to initiate computational analysis of thousands of medications and their effects reviews . The NIH review panel unanimously agreed that Xu's proposal was exceptionally innovative, and she received a near-perfect rating of 12 by the NIH grants rating program.

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Cash-strapped regional governments threaten to attend payments to N.Y.; Oakland council approves 4 marijuana factories The Wall Road Journal: ‘Annoyed by Albany’s backlog of unpaid bills, cash-strapped local governments around NY are threatening to suspend their Medicaid payments to the state. The other day, an upstate county announced that it had been freezing Medicaid payments to Albany. The move, which was closely watched by additional county leaders, may be the start of a broader revolt, as the results of the state’s persistent cash shortage trickle right down to the local level.