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Pacific Faculty Members Awarded NIH Research Grant

May  12, 2009

National Institutes of HealthThe National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), recently issued a three-year, $196,200 grant to Pacific faculty members Dr. Leigh Anderson and Dr. Roshanak Rahimian.

Anderson is a professor in the department of anatomical sciences at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, and Rahimian is an associate professor in the department of physiology and pharmacology at the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Both are working together to examine the effects of type 2 diabetes on vascular and secretory function. The title of the grant is "Blood Flow and Salivary Gland Function in Diabetes."

The NIDCR recently issued 16 grants in a first round of funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The ARRA was signed into law in February 2009 as part of an effort to create or save jobs and advance American innovation. In March, ARRA made $10.4 billion available to NIH through September 2010. These monies were provided specifically to expand public support for promising research ideas, construct and improve laboratory facilities and purchase scientific equipment to enable the work.

"NIH grants are being used for research that will save lives, cure disease and improve quality of life," said Rahimian. "I am extremely excited and proud that the NIH has recognized the significance of our collaborative research."

Anderson adds that it is collaboration that made this grant possible.

"Numerous students at both the Schools of Dentistry and of Pharmacy and Health Sciences have already been involved in our research, and with this award others will now have their educational experience enriched," he said. "More importantly, though, this award demonstrates the value of building collaborative relations across departments and schools within University of the Pacific."

For more information about NIH projects being funded through the ARRA, visit http://www.nih.gov/recovery/index.htm.

Category Type: General, Dental Issues and Research

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