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$20 million in grants for Texas Tech Health Science Center

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Day after day, research advancements are occurring inside the labs of the Texas Tech's Health Science Center and those efforts have been bolstered by $20.5 million in grants. Dr. Tedd Mitchell, Texas Tech System Interim Chancellor and HSC president said getting federal funding for research is extremely difficult. 

"Having your researchers stay excited enough about the work they are doing,' said Mitchell. "And be able to translate that work into papers and proposals that people in Washington look at and grade very high and score very high for us as a university it is incredible."

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), including the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the Department of Defense (DOD), along with others from the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), awarded the grants. The research areas targeted vary and are significant. 

"From pancreatic cancer to ovarian cancer, to prostate cancer to breast cancer to childhood brain cancer on one end," said Mitchell. "And over here you have neurodegenerative changes with Alzheimer and Parkinson's and then you have all the stuff related to microbiology with infectious diseases as well." 

Dr. Steven Berk, Dean of the school of medicine adds that these research grants will also help expand the school's research programs, fund additional equipment, and renovate laboratories. 

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