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VOL. 129 | NO. 141 | Tuesday, July 22, 2014

UTHSC Awarded $3.1 Million in Federal Grants

By Don Wade

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the University of Tennessee Health Science Center nine federal grants totaling more than $3.1 million for a variety of programs and research projects.

The federal funding includes $1.1 million from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for the Health Care Innovation Challenge – Project SAFEMED to help CMS treat patients and improve medication for a variety of health conditions.

Other funding allotments include $375,000 from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for research regarding CXCR4 signaling in lung epithelial repair and $371,171 from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism for research on the comparison of ethanol actions on slo channels from arteries versus brain.

Also, UT Health Science Center will get $328,125 in funding from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes for research on synaptic transmissions in the basal ganglia; $315,375 in funding from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for research on the role of diet and body weight in regards to the modulation of AgRp; and $300,000 in funding from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for research on the regulation of neonatal renal hemodynamics.

The university was also awarded $178,125 in funding from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism for research on the fetal cerebrovascular eCB system as a target of maternal alcohol consumption; $75,000 in funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for research on the effects on the disposition of caffeine after inhalation; and $72,500 in funding from the National Institute of Mental Health for research on the antidepressive effects and gene mechanisms of early-life enriched environments.

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