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KU Med Expanding Clinical Research

By Kelley Weiss

Kansas City, MO – The University of Kansas Medical Center will use new grant money to move medical research from the lab to the patient's bedside. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.

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The National Institutes of Health is giving KU Medical Center more than $7 million to bolster its translational research - which means "translating" basic science research into clinical practice.

Dr. Richard Barohn will head a new center that will hire more researchers, get some new equipment for testing and labs and involve medical students in the process. Barohn says putting an emphasis on this type of research could help people with chronic illnesses find some relief.

Richard Barohn: "We think that we'll be able to build programs here so that patients won't have to go to St. Louis to Houston or to Mayo Clinic in order to be involved in cutting edge clinical research trials."

Barohn says bio-medical researchers across the region can use the center to study a variety of diseases for no charge. KU Medical Center, he says, is following a national trend of getting research discoveries to patients sooner.

Funding for health care coverage on KCUR has been provided by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

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