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OSU receives $11.1M for research.

Byline: Journal Record Staff

STILLWATER The National Institutes of Health has awarded $11.1 million to a biomedical research center at Oklahoma State University to continue the work of more than 60 scientists from three research institutions in the state.

OSU's Oklahoma Center for Respiratory and Infectious Diseases received the grant to fund a second, five-year phase of the center's research mission begun in 2013 when it was founded.

The funding comes from the NIH Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence program, which supports expanding biomedical research through recruiting and training investigators, developing core research facilities and carrying out research.

The grant funds research into a multitude of respiratory diseases.

OCRID includes OSU, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, the University of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. It administratively reports to OSU Vice President for Research Kenneth Sewell. The center is based at the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences.

"OCRID has put Oklahoma on the map in this critical area of medical research," Sewell said. "Phase 2 funding from the NIH will allow researchers at OSU, OUHSC, OU and OMRF to accelerate their collaborations over the next five years, generating breakthroughs essential to understanding the causes and potential cures for devastating infectious diseases of the respiratory system."

Lin Liu, OSU Regents professor and Lundberg-Kienlen endowed chair in biomedical research, has directed OCRID since its founding. The continuation of funding for the next five years is a significant milestone.

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Publication:Journal Record (Oklahoma City, OK)
Date:Aug 20, 2018
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