- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The National Institutes of Health has awarded $19.8 million to a University of Kentucky healthcare center that focuses on turning research into treatments.

The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/2ffVI7C) reports UK officials held a news conference Wednesday to announce the four-year grant to the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

The center is focused on improving health disparities in Kentucky and Appalachia and has funded 100 science and research infrastructure projects. One such project, which studied behavioral problems in children with hearing loss led to a new screening process for those children.

It is the second such award for the center, which received a five-year $20 million award in 2011.

“As we look to our work in the coming years, we will build upon our infrastructure and continue to stimulate innovative team science across a broad spectrum of disciplines with focus on the important health needs of communities,” said Philip Kern, the center’s director. “We look forward to continued participation with the national consortium, in partnership with many other outstanding institutions, to represent Central Appalachia in the quest to help solve the many health problems faced by our nation.”

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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