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$1.4 million, Childhood Obesity: The Arnold School, led by Dr. Russ Pate, will collaborate with researchers throughout the Unites States on an NIH grant to study successful community programs aimed at reducing childhood obesity.
$1 million, Latinos’ Health: A grant of nearly $500,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – matched with funds from community partners in Richland and Lexington counties – will establish the Puentes Project to improve the health of Latinos. Drs. Deborah Billings and Julie Smithwick-Leone will lead the study.
$500,000, Drug-Resistant Infection Control: The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant to Drs. Alan Decho and Brian Benicewicz for a study on how engineered nanoparticles can be used more effectively to deliver antibiotics to cells. The study will target bacterial infections that have become resistant to traditional antibiotic therapies.
$407,000, HIV/AIDS: Drs. Greg Hand and Steve Blair will lead an NIH grant to develop a home-based physical-activity program to reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes in people living with HIV/AIDS.
Chandler said the awards, which come from the nation’s most prestigious and competitive funding agencies, will target a number of health-disparity issues, which are serious problems in South Carolina.
About the Arnold School of Public Health
Founded with seven faculty members in 1975 as the College of Health and Associated Programs, the Arnold School today has more than 100 faculty and garnered more than $54 million in research funding over the past two years. A record 1,609 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled this fall.
The school was named the Arnold School of Public Health in 2000 when Columbia business leader Norman J. Arnold and his wife Gerry Sue established an endowment with a $10 million gift. The endowment supports more than 20 Ph.D. candidates in six disciplines of public health.