Grant targets medically underserved Oklahomans

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A $20.3 million federal grant has been awarded to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center to target medically underserved Oklahomans, especially in rural areas.

Gov. Mary Fallin announced the grant Monday. Fallin says it will support potentially life-saving research at Oklahoma's medical centers and will help provide additional resources for rural areas that have typically been underserved.

The five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health supports a program that builds research capacities in states with historically low levels of NIH funding. It supports basic and clinical research, faculty development and program infrastructure.

OU President David Boren says the grant will help move research from the bench to the bedside.

The grant provides $4.3 million in its first year and $4 million in subsequent years.

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