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Meharry Medical College Receives $21.4 Million NIH Research Grant, Largest in Its History
Date:10/29/2009

ly affected by diseases such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, and HIV/AIDS," said Wayne J. Riley, M.D., MBA, MPH, MACP, President and Chief Executive Officer of Meharry Medical College. "MeTRC paves the way for researchers to determine why these disparities exist and to find new treatments that will close the gap. With this grant from the NIH, Meharry will be able to establish a national model for health disparities research making us a global leader in this area."

MeTRC allows researchers to share information and resources that will help expedite the process of finding new and innovative medical treatments, treatments which can be further "individualized" or "personalized" to be safer and more effective, according to Russell E. Poland, Ph.D., Vice-President for Research at Meharry Medical College.

Ayman Al-Hendy, M.D., Ph.D., and James E.K. Hildreth, M.D., Ph.D. will serve as the principal investigators on this institutional grant. Dr. Al-Hendy, a gynecologist, a researcher and an expert in women's health issues, and Dr. Hildreth, a researcher and an expert in HIV and AIDS research, will oversee MeTRC research activities at Meharry Medical College.

The multi-million dollar grant will be used to fund community research, collaborative projects and pilot projects. Any Meharry Medical College clinician or researcher, with an interest in clinical and translational research, will be able to compete for funding for pilot projects that allow investigators to test a hypothesis and generate preliminary data to determine if an idea has merit. This is a unique opportunity for Meharry Medical College to provide seed money for these types of pilot projects.

"This grant will not only allow Meharry to take its research enterprise to the next level, but it will also bring more minority scientists into mainstream research and enhance studies of minority health," Poland sai
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