New partnership between UAB and Tuskegee + their $13.7 mil grant

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Alabama can look forward to an expanding community of scientists. Recently, UAB and Tuskegee received a $13.7 million grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH). But what does this money do? Read more to find out why it matters.

NIH grant

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What can you expect from this $13.7 million grant? The money will be used to hire and train 12 new research faculty members across both UAB and Tuskegee.

The institutions were awarded this grant because they want systemic and sustainable change. This was all made possible thanks to the NIH Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) program.

Plus perks like these listed below will strengthen the UAB and Tuskegee partnership:

  • biomedical research
  • improve quality of training
  • broaden perspectives from partnerships
  • diversify research enviroments

“This NIH FIRST grant is an excellent opportunity to build on our years of work together. We are excited to be a part of this important initiative to nurture a culture of inclusive excellence among the faculty at both our institutions, while helping ensure the success of a new generation of researchers.”

Charlotte P. Morris, Tuskegee presdient

UAB and Tuskegee partnership

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Did you know UAB and Tuskegee already have a longstanding partnership? In fact, the two schools partnered to promote cancer research.

So why did they get this grant? Both research centers want to help communities and support under-served communities. This means the NIH FIRST grant is a great way to build the community.

You’re probably wondering what type of research the scientists will work on. Well, look no further because we have all the info on the areas the grant covers.

Check out the research to be covered:

  • cancer
  • obesity
  • diabetes
  • cardiovascular disease
  • neuroscience

Congrats to UAB and Tuskegee. We can’t wait to see what research will come out of this grant!

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