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Drew University receives $25-million grant for research

October 11, 2011 | 11:36 am

Photo: A crowd gathers inside the Life Sciences Research and Nursing Education building at Charles Drew University. Credit: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science has received a $25-million grant to expand its research and faculty, the university announced Tuesday.

The National Institutes of Health awarded the grant, which will be distributed over five years.

University President David Carlisle said in a statement that the he plans to use to the money to expand its research on health disparities and to attract more students and faculty to the university, located in the Watts-Willowbrook section of Los Angeles.

The money comes from an NIH unit created in 2000 that focuses on minority health and health disparities.

Drew, established a year after the 1965 Watts riots to train minority physicians, has struggled to regain its reputation after several problems at the university, including being forced to shut its residency program five years ago. But in recent months, the university appointed a new president and regained its full accreditation after a two-year probation.

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Photo: A gathering inside the Life Sciences Research and Nursing Education building at Charles Drew University. Credit: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

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