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    The Center of Biomedical Research Excellence for Skeletal Health and Repair was launched with a news conference at Rhode Island Hospital on October 22, 2007.

    Dr. Louise Ramm, deputy director of the National Center for Research Resources, flew from Washington, D.C. to Providence to announce the award of $11.1 million to establish the COBRE. The news conference was chaired by George Vecchione, CEO of Lifespan and interim president of Rhode Island Hospital.

    Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri, U.S. Senator Jack Reed, U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy, U.S. Congressman James Langevin, and Providence Mayor David Cicilline were also in attendance and spoke at the news conference.

    Eli Adashi, dean of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Qian Chen, COBRE Director, and Michael Ehrlich, chairman of the department of orthopaedics at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University were also present at the event, which was covered and reported by The Providence Journal, Providence Business News, Channel 10 (NBC), and Channel 12 (CBS), among other news outlets.

    (L-R) Dr. Louise Ramm, deputy director of NCRR; Eli Adashi, dean of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Donald Carcieri, governor of Rhode Island; Qian Chen, COBRE Director; Michael Ehrlich, chairman, department of orthopaedics at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University; James Langevin, U.S. Congressman; George Vecchione, CEO of Lifespan and interim president of Rhode Island Hospital; Jack Reed, U.S. Senator; Patrick Kennedy, U.S. Congressman; David Cicilline, mayor of Providence.

    News Coverage of the Event