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University Of Kansas To Receive $25 Million Grant For Clinical Research

Rugby Simon
KCUR 89.3
Frontiers director Rick Barohn announces a $25 million grant from the National Institutes of Health Monday.

Today, the University of Kansas announced a $25 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to fund the KU Medical Center's program, Frontiers: University of Kansas Clinical and Translational Science Institute (KU CTSI).

Frontiers began five years ago. It's a clinical science institute dedicated to connecting scientists at the KU Med Center to resources and innovative research tools. It's one of just 57 institutes of its kind in the country.

The university has become known for this program, along with its cancer center, and Alzheimer's disease center.

"This collection of research enterprises really does put us in the top tier of research institutions in the country," said University of Kansas Chancellor Doug Girod.

Frontiers director Rick Barohn says the collaboration between hospitals and universities in the region has made a big difference for the program, and allowed it to successfully advance medical research.

"We are very involved in the national dialogue about clinical and translational research," Barohn says.

Since they were notified of the grant funding in September last year, Barohn says they have already been able to award 39 scientists $1.5 million of funding. 

Andrea Tudhope is a reporter for KCUR 89.3. Email her at andreat@kcur.org.

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