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$31 million federal research grant to Morehouse, others


A $31 million federal grant has been awarded to a group of Atlanta-area universities and medical organizations. It is one of a dozen such grants announced Tuesday, designed to better translate lab discoveries into patient treatments.


The award is one of the largest grants ever to Georgia institutions by the National Institutes of Health, the federal government’s main medical research agency. The money is going to a partnership of Emory University, the Morehouse School of Medicine, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.


“This grant will bolster our research efforts and produce real solutions to improve the health of Georgia’s citizens,” Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue said in a prepared statement.


The money will go to teams of physicians and researchers for various projects, including some that will design and build clinical research trials to test new drugs or improve the development of systems to collect, store and analyze biological information.


Nearly a dozen such projects have already been identified, and there may more soon, said officials at Emory, the main grant recipient.


The NIH announced about $574 million in total awards on Tuesday. Other grants are going to collaborations based in Cleveland; Baltimore; Chicago; Dallas; Nashville; New York City; St. Louis; Seattle; Iowa City, Iowa; Ann Arbor, Mich.; and Madison, Wisc.


–Associated Press

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