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Publish Date: 10/16/00
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Grant Focuses on Genomics of Diabetes, Kidney and Digestive Diseases

Cincinnati--The publicly funded human genome project is paving the way for advances in genetic research at the University of Cincinnati (UC) Medical Center.

David E. Millhorn, PhD, Joseph Eichberg professor and chairman of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at the College of Medicine, is the principal investigator (PI) for a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive Disease and Kidney (NIDDK), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The three-year grant entitled "Functional Genomics and Proteomics Center" will identify genes and proteins connected to diabetes, kidney and digestive diseases.

The genomics center, located in the UC Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, is one of only eight funded by the NIDDK nationwide. The NIDDK funds more than 50 research investigators at the UC Medical Center and Children's Hospital.

"This grant will assist investigators in the use of powerful approaches in genomics and protemics in their ongoing research," Millhorn said. "This should lead to more research funding and a faster rate of success in understanding the role of gene expression in complex biological and disease processes."

Millhorn has published more than 150 papers on his research in neuroscience and gene regulation. Millhorn recently gave a presentation on genetics to participants at the UC Mini Medical College.

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