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NIH grants Pitt $62.3 million to promote research |

NIH grants Pitt $62.3 million to promote research

| Tuesday, July 26, 2016 6:21 p.m

The National Institutes of Health is giving $62.3 million to the University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute to promote research that aims to bring science closer to people.

The NIH has helped fund the institute since 2006, and supports the work of more than 160 people, said the institute’s director, Steven Reis.

One project the money supported was research into brain-controlled robotic arms, he said. Money in the next five years will go toward improving the processes by which people enroll in clinical trials and other research, supporting precision medicine initiatives, commercializing science so that it reaches consumers more quickly and identifying research needs in the community, he said.

The $62.3 million grant brings the total the institute has received from the NIH to $221 million, Reis said.

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