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Student research program at Children's Hospital receives grant

A research institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles received a five-year, $884,000 grant this week to continue providing biomedical research training to disadvantaged college students.

The program, called the Short-Term Education Program for Underrepresented Persons, trains college students with disabilities and from low-income and minority families in biomedical research.

The renewed grant will fund the program for another five years, according to a hospital statement.

The center is housed at the Saban Research Institute and has trained more than 130 students since 2007.

“Given our location in Los Angeles –- a city with a large and diverse population — we are determined to help develop the next generation of scientists who will represent the communities we serve,” said Dr. Brent Polk, director of the Saban Research Institute.

Each year, the program recruits 21 undergraduate students from across the country to participate in a 10-week paid summer internship.  The students conduct research projects on both pediatric and adult illnesses, including diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

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