Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

money-bag-2Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Wayne State University in Detroit received a $1.1 million grant from Biogen Idec MA Inc. to conduct research on sickle cell disease. The research will use magnetic resonance imaging to study blood flow of people with sickle cell disease. While people of any race can have sickle cell disease, it is far more common among African Americans.

Historically Black Clark Atlanta University received two grants from the National Institutes of Health totaling $2,754,000 to support the university’s Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development. The funds will be used to enhance the center’s research infrastructure and to further the center research on prostate cancer.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University received three grants from the National Science Foundation that will support undergraduate student research on the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases in northern Botswana. The grant aims to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who conduct research in the biological sciences.

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