February 11, 2023

NIH awards $2.9M grant to study genetic cause of IBD in Hispanic patients

Researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine were awarded a $2.9 million grant by the NIH to study the genetic data of more than 3,000 Hispanic individuals to better understand inflammatory bowel disease in that population.

According to a university press release, the grant was awarded to Maria Abreu, MD, director of the Miller School’s Crohn’s and Colitis Center, and Jacob McCauley, PhD, director of the Center for Genome Technology and Biorepository Facility, who have already collected DNA from nearly 2,000 Hispanic patients in South Florida. With this grant, researchers will spend the next 5 years collecting and assessing genetic data from an additional 3,000 patients.

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