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UK Wins $10M to Study Link Between Pollution, Disease

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The University of Kentucky has received a grant of more than $10 million for a multi-pronged effort to study the relationships among environmental pollutants, nutrition and disease.

The grant, funded by the National Institutes of Health, will support the efforts of more than 50 scientists and students representing over 15 academic departments in the colleges of Agriculture, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Medicine and Pharmacy.

UK’s program, “Nutrition and Superfund Chemical Toxicity,” was one of only two proposals selected for funding from among 18 competing grants submitted nationally to the NIH’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences under its Superfund Basic Research Program.  UK joins 13 other universities with ongoing Superfund programs.

Superfund sites are defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as uncontrolled or abandoned places where hazardous waste is located. There are more than 500 such sites in Kentucky, a state in which rates of cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and hypertension are well above national averages.