The National Institutes of Health has awarded a total of $35M in grants toÂ Morgan State University for academic research efforts including training and the establishment of anÂ innovation center. An amount ofÂ $16.9M will go to the second phase of a program that aims to trainÂ biomedical researchers, NIH said Friday.
This effort is known asÂ A Student-Centered, Entrepreneurship Development or ASCEND. The university will useÂ $14.2M of the grants to build a research center that would support the development of medical applications for Baltimore citizens.
The center, known asÂ RCMI@Morgan, will pursueÂ laboratory-based and behavioral research to address urban health disparities such asÂ HIV and poverty-associated gene expression. The remaining fraction amounting toÂ $3.7M would financeÂ other research efforts at the biology and chemistry departments within Morgan’sÂ School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences.
âThe grant awards we have received were made possible by the collaboration of more than 25 hardworking faculty and staff members committed to bringing in the resources needed for these important research initiatives,â said Hongtao Yu, SCMNS’ dean.