Recovery Act Funding Continues at WVU

$100K will support medical research

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $100,000 research grant to West Virginia University’s Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA).

Since 2009, WVU has received more than $30 million in stimulus funding, largely in competitively-awarded research and training grants. More than half of the funds are supporting health sciences research.

The new grant will allow WVU’s digestive diseases research group to hire a postdoctoral fellow in April, says Uma Sundaram, M.D., principal investigator on the grant and leader of the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute (WVCTSI). The new researcher will concentrate on laboratory studies that will provide valuable insight into how digestive processes can lead to gallstones.

“In West Virginia, poor nutrition leading to obesity is higher than other areas, and both of these conditions lead to gallstone disease in West Virginians.  Specifically, gallstones are associated with obesity and an imbalance between bile acids and cholesterol in the digestive system,” Dr. Sundaram said. “If we can better understand how the body handles bile acids, we may be able to prevent the abdominal pain, jaundice, nausea, vomiting and eventual surgery that result from gallstones.”

The grant is the first awarded through the WVCTSI, a collaborative effort of the state’s medical schools and teaching hospitals aimed at harnessing the power of medical research to transform the health and health care of the people who live in West Virginia and Appalachia. 

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Kim Fetty, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
bc: 03-02-10

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