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July 16, 2019

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UNLV receives grants for medical research and Latinx voices

Education money may be tight in Southern Nevada, but UNLV just received a little more to go around.

UNLV’s School of Medicine secured a $20 million grant renewal from the National Institutes of Health. The funds will help UNLV lead a network of 13 universities in seven states as they research ways to improve residents’ health. The money will be allocated into pilot grants helping researchers attract additional money. For example, UNLV kinesiologist Brach Poston used one such pilot grant to research non-invasive brain stimulation for people with Parkinson’s. The NIH awarded him $421,000 for further research.

Meanwhile, UNLV University Libraries received a $50,000 grant from the Las Vegas Centennial Commission for an oral history project called Latinx Voices of Southern Nevada. “With approximately 29 percent of our region’s residents and 25 percent of the UNLV student population identifying as Latinx, this project will help Special Collections and Archives preserve a more inclusive historical record for Southern Nevada,” University Libraries dean Maggie Farrell said in a statement. 

This story originally appeared in the Las Vegas Weekly.