Reviewed by: Selah Vetter
Tuskegee University just received a grant of $7.93 million to build a new biomedical center. With this capital, this college is joining top researchers with their excellent studies in cancer genomics and health disparities in underrepresented populations. Keep reading to learn more about this life-changing research.
Why Tuskegee deserves this recognition
When it comes to high quality, Tuskegee doesn’t fall short. They recently were ranked third in the 2022-2023 US News & World Report’s Best Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). On top of that accomplishment, the Tuskegee University president Dr. Charlotte P. Morris spoke at Lincoln Memorial for the 100th anniversary.
Not only has Tuskegee produced two American icons, Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver, but they also have established themselves nationally when it comes to cancer research. Recently, they developed a potential new type of immunotherapy for many cancers and diseases. The researchers also focus on African Americans and other underserved populations that have been overlooked in medical research.
“Tuskegee has a long, rich history as an advocate for research and healthcare for the underserved community. What this grant will do by funding a new facility to support our work around cancer research cannot be understated. The efforts to understand cancer genomics will impact generations within this community and beyond.”Dr. Charlotte P. Morris, Presdient, Tuskegee University
How did they get the grant?
Director of the Center for Biomedical Research Clayton Yates and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Channapatna Prakash collaborated in grant writing and received one of the highest scores possible. A major congrats to these hard workers! The funds come from NIH Biomedical Research Facility for the Center for Genomics Health Disparity Research.
What they’ll do with the grant
This grant will fund a new 8,600-square-foot biomedical research building, which will be home to research on health disparities between communities. Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2023 and will be completed by the spring of 2025.
FUN FACT: This is only the second science building to be built in the past 30 years on campus and the third one in the past 70 years.
You can expect a state-of-the-art laboratory and supporting spaces for innovative, life-changing research. We’re proud to see this achievement for one of Alabama’s best HBCUs!
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