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Medical school receives 6 grants for research

Mar. 10, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University's School of Medicine received six grants totaling $150,000 to help with the translational medicine research program.

The Marshall Health Translational Pilot Grant program, created in 2012, encourages collaborative research between basic scientists and clinical physicians in an effort to speed up the process of laboratory discovery to clinical application for patients.

The grants are funded by Marshall Health.

"We are very pleased that Marshall Health has created this grant program to stimulate research efforts," said Richard M. Niles, senior associate dean for Biomedical Sciences at the School of Medicine. "Moving Marshall to the next level of medical research takes vision, commitment and of course, funding. This grant allows 12 researchers, as well as medical residents and students, the opportunity to explore very diverse areas."

Marshall Health is the faculty practice plan for the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and supports the clinical, educational, research and services missions of the school. Beth Hammers, executive director of the organization, says the pilot grant program provides one year of support at $25,000 for each grantee, with additional funding based on progress of the research.

"Medical research is essential to the development of new medical treatments and cures for patients," Hammers said. "We are thrilled to help stimulate a robust, viable grant program which pairs basic scientists from Marshall University with School of Medicine physicians to work on projects which will lead to the betterment of our community."

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