Grant will aid minority, rural communities

November 10, 2009

University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers received nearly $5 million in federal stimulus money from the National Institutes of Health to create two programs to improve health for minority and rural communities. A $2.4 million grant will create a national Bioethics Research Center, which aims to confront ethical issues in research and how those concerns affect minority health. The center, a partnership with Bowie State University, will address a historic lack of trust that some minority groups have when it comes to medical research by seeking ways to increase minority participation in clinical trials. In addition to the center, a $2.5 million grant to the medical school's office of policy and planning will study new technology to treat chronically ill residents in Southern and Western Maryland.

-Kelly Brewington

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