Research institute at Arkansas Children's Hospital receives $11.5M NIH grant

The research institute at Little Rock-based Arkansas Children's Hospital received an $11.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish the Center for Translational Pediatric Research, according to Arkansas Online.

The new research center will use systems biology, a new approach that analyzes large amounts of data through computers, to study childhood diseases. The grant will also help pay the salaries of four junior faculty members at the University of Arkansas that are researching pediatric diseases. Additionally, the grant will help provide equipment and mentors to those researchers.

"It's going to have quite a huge impact at Arkansas' Children's Research Institute," said Alan Tackett, PhD, a professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Dr. Tackett will be the director at the new center. 

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