U of Vermont, partners granted $20M for health equity initiatives

The University of Vermont in Burlington, MaineHealth Institute for Research in Scarborough, and the University of Southern Maine in Portland were granted $20 million to continue conducting community-based research to further health equity, Vermont Biz reported Aug. 11.

The three institutions are members of the New England Clinical and Translational Research Network, which was established five years ago. The funding will go toward efforts to address chronic and life-threatening diseases in the elderly, New American and Indigenous populations. 

"We are optimistic that this grant will provide the resources necessary to make chronic and life-threatening diseases preventable and curable," said Gary Stein, PhD, NNE-CTR principle investigator and UVM chair of biochemistry. "The program will capture immense opportunities available through the emerging power of precision/genomic medicine, and coupled with our important partnership with the Vermont Department of Health, we are poised to meet the obligation of responding to disparities encountered by our underserved populations."

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