Rush University Gets $10M Medical Grant

CHICAGO, May 4 (UPI) — The National Institutes of Health says it has awarded Rush University Medical Center a $10 million grant to study certain health disparities.

NIH officials said the grant will establish the Rush Center for Urban Health Equity. The facility will find ways to promote changes to “eliminate the disparities in heart and lung disease affecting inner city residents, in particular those who are low-income persons of color.”

“Health disparities have persisted or worsened in the past two decades, despite efforts to narrow the gap,” said Professor Lynda Powell, who will be the center’s director. “In Chicago alone, if the mortality rate for blacks was the same as for whites, then 4,000 fewer black people would die each year. We must find a way to change this situation.”

Officials said the center’s first three research projects will focus on heart failure, depression and pediatric asthma with co-morbid obesity.

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