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Millennium Laboratories CEO Donates $2 Million Gift to Support University of Washington's Division of Pain Medicine

Monday, July 12, 2010 Education News J E 4
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Donation to be directed to the new Center for Pain Research on Impact, Measurement and Effectiveness (C-PRIME) at UW Medicine

SAN DIEGO and SEATTLE, July 12 /PRNewswire/ -- James Slattery, founder and CEO of Millennium Laboratories, has donated $2 million to the University of Washington's Division of Pain Medicine to launch the Center for Pain Research on Impact, Measurement and Effectiveness (C-PRIME).

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Slattery was motivated to make the personal donation by his admiration for the work of the internationally recognized anesthesiologist and pain specialist, Dr. Alex Cahana. A faculty member of the UW Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Cahana is chief of UW's Division of Pain Medicine, where he is leading the creation of the National Pain Registry and is developing the Washington State Opioid Reform Initiative.

"James Slattery's generous gift of $2 million to the Division of Pain Medicine will make C-PRIME's mission of increasing the understanding of pain, improving pain management, and developing new methods to prevent suffering and pain-related disability become a reality through comparative effectiveness research (CER) of treatments," Cahana said. "We greatly appreciate his support of higher education and research in this manner."

UW's C-PRIME is a patient-centered outcomes research institute, as defined in the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), more commonly referred to as healthcare reform. Its goal is to determine the best course of care and to function as an integrated center of excellence dedicated to leadership and innovation in outcomes research.

"I can think of no better way to help all people everywhere than to support those researchers and educational institutions that are advancing the alleviation of pain and human suffering," Slattery said.

UW's C-PRIME further aspires to disseminate CER knowledge to educate health care professionals, clinical investigators, and public policy makers, and to help the millions of pain sufferers in the U.S. by eliminating the illness burden of chronic pain in our society.

About UW Medicine

The UW Medicine health system includes Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinics, UW School of Medicine, UW Physicians, Airlift Northwest and the UW's partnership in the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance with Seattle Children's and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. UW Medicine has major academic and service affiliations with Seattle Children's Hospital, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the Veteran's Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle and the VA Hospital in Boise. The UW School of Medicine is the top public institution for biomedical research in funding received from the National Institutes of Health. Among its 2,002 regular faculty and 4,874 volunteer and part-time faculty are four Nobel Laureates, 32 members of the National Academy of Sciences, and 33 members of the Institute of Medicine. Visit http://www.uwmedicine.org/  Follow us on Twitter -  UWMedicineNews.

About Millennium Laboratories

Located in America's biotech capital, San Diego, California, Millennium Laboratories is rapidly becoming the Urine Drug Testing (UDT) resource of choice for physicians and staff focused on the treatment of chronic pain. Millennium Laboratories provides the fastest turn-around time in the industry for drug test reporting and final confirmation of results because the company is the only major Urine Testing Laboratory exclusively utilizing the latest cutting-edge technology Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry/Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS).  The company is also the only major UDT Laboratory licensed as a training facility for Toxicology Scientists.

Certified, state-of-the-art advanced training at Millennium's 95,000 sq. ft. campus is a unique research component of the University of California, San Diego's (UCSD) doctoral program in Pharmacy.  Led by Laboratory Director Amadeo Pesce, Ph.D., world-renowned toxicologist and author, the Millennium Laboratories clinical laboratory team is comprised of experts in mass spectrometry and high throughput chemistry. The company has developed proprietary methodologies that provide the fastest, reliable UDT confirmations in the nation, usually within one business day. For more information, visit the Millennium Laboratories website, www.becausepainmatters.com.

SOURCE Millennium Laboratories

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