For Immediate Release


Oct. 10, 2011  

Charles Drew University Receives $25 million Federal Grant
National Institutes of Health Funds to Aid Research and Academics

LOS ANGELES - Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science received a $25 million federal grant to expand its research faculty and to enhance academic programs, officials said today.

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities said it will provide $5 million annually over the next five years, representing one of the largest federal awards that Charles R. Drew University has ever accepted.

“This funding allows the University to build upon our success in conducting research on health disparities, as well as for attracting new students and faculty,” said David M. Carlisle, M.D., Ph.D, the University’s president. “Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science has a long track record for producing medical professionals who serve the medically underserved. With this grant, we can provide even more research that saves lives.”

Keith C. Norris, M.D., executive vice president for Research and Health Affairs, garnered the grant. He also has the primary role for overseeing the grant. “Funds from this award will assist us in providing support for our diverse group of Ph.D. researchers, by providing them additional protected time at a research facility to become independent investigators,” Dr. Norris said.

In addition, the funds expand the number of community faculty members, an innovative program that incorporates their real world experience into the classroom and in research projects.

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, a unit of the National Institutes of Health, promotes minority health. Established in 2000, the agency has provided funding for academic institutions across the U.S. to expand their capacity to conduct biomedical research.



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About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution.  Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals.  The only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S., CDU is recognized as a leader in translational and health inequities research, specifically with respect to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health, and HIV/AIDS.  Recently, the CDU/UCLA medical program was named the “best performer” in the University of California System with respect to producing outstanding underrepresented minority physicians by the Greenlining Institute.  For more information, visit .


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