For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                           August 17, 2009

Charles Drew University has been notified that it will receive an additional $249,000 in economic stimulus funds, bringing the total amount of federal funding to the university under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to more than $650,000.

The new funding—supporting a grant to advance the research careers of junior investigators—will be used to purchase two pieces of sophisticated laboratory equipment and to hire a technician for equipment maintenance.

 “This supplement will allow us to purchase two key pieces of equipment that will allow junior investigators at CDU to do state-of-the-art molecular and cell biology experiments,” said Dr. Theodore Friedman, who heads the project.

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                           August 11, 2009


Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science was awarded more than $400,000 in economic stimulus funding for job creation and scientific research projects under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The four projects funded by the National Institutes of Health are the first of several requests by the university to receive funding under the federal program designed to boost the national economy through investments in education and other essential public service projects.
Dr. Keith Norris, Charles Drew University’s Interim President, said the funds will “help nurture a new generation of scientists to develop practical solutions to some of the health disparities that have played havoc in so many poor and minority communities across the country.”
Dr. Theodore Friedman, who runs one of the programs receiving stimulus funds, was equally optimistic.
“These are going to be our young doctors and researchers of tomorrow,” he said. “Exposing them to exciting programs will help get them in careers of research.”
Another project director offered a similar sense of appreciation.
“We provide a tremendous experience for students and science teachers on the frontier of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine while at the same time helping to stimulate the economy by creating summer jobs,” said Dr. Matthew Ho, who also heads a project.
Of the four projects receiving American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding, one is a new CDU program and the other three are ongoing university programs. They include the following:

• $140,998 — The Neighborhood Structure and Cardiovascular Disease project will use mapping to determine the social and environmental influences that contribute to heart disease in specific communities in Los Angeles County. The project, a new initiative by researcher Paul Robinson, will look at the role that proximity to medical clinics, retail food outlets and recreational facilities play in community health.

• $138,240 — The Drew National High School Student Summer Research Apprentice Program (STEP-UP) program is designed to expand research education and training opportunities for budding minority scientists. An ongoing program under the direction of Dr. Keith Norris, STEP-UP aims to build a generation of research scientists who are prepared to address the needs of underserved minority and economically deprived communities. Five additional students will be given eight to ten-week research projects. Research faculty mentors will provide support for up to 30 high school participants, some of whom will be required to make oral and poster presentations before peer and established researchers.

• $95,880 — The NIH/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Disease program, sponsored by researcher Dr. Matthew Ho, will provide summer research experiences in stem cell biology, regenerative medicine, and research methodology for ten undergraduate students, ten high school students and five science teachers. Students and teachers will be involved in full-time laboratory research for 12 weeks during the summer of 2009 and 2010.

• $32,712 — The Biological Effects of Androgens in Men and Women program provides research and jobs for high school students, undergraduates, graduate students, and science educators for the summer of 2009. The program by Dr. Theodore Friedman started in June and expires in October.

John L. Mitchell
Media Advisor at Charles Drew University of Medicine & Science
Telephone: (323) 563-4981 or cell (323) 681-4225

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