U receives $23 million grant

The U has been awarded a $23 million five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to organize a new research center.

The new center will focus on clinical research and translational research — lab work that could quickly be put into clinical use but is still being worked on for alternate purposes.

The U received the NIH’s Clinical and Translational Science Award, which was awarded to 14 academic health centers. The organization has devoted $533 million to the award.

James Kushner, the U’s associate vice president for clinical research, submitted a grant application to the NIH last October.

A council of scientists reviewed more than 40 applications and chose 14 that met all the requirements, said a NIH spokesperson.

“(Kushner and U researchers) want to find a way to support other researchers who are doing both clinical and translational research,” said Phil Sahm, a spokesman for the U.

They also plan to develop health services and research programs in the community, Sahm said.

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