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U of L researchers to receive $11.5 million grant to study liver disease

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Craig McClain (Source: The University of Louisville) Craig McClain (Source: The University of Louisville)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Researchers at the University of Louisville are working to identify the cause -- and proper treatment -- of liver disease, and a new $11.5 million grant is helping to make that happen.

The grant comes from the National Institutes of Health and will be spread out over the next five years.

"Liver diseases are clinically important health problems and are generally underappreciated," a U of L news release states. "The University of Louisville has brought together a critical mass of investigators to study liver diseases in a comprehensive fashion. These studies include a unique focus on environmental exposure and subsequent liver injury."

Dr. Craig McClain, associate vice president for health affairs/research, is the principle investigator and head of the team that will receive the grant

"This effort will help ensure a pipeline of new investigators into liver biology and disease, as well as stimulate research into the field," said Dr. McClain, according to the news release. "We will build upon the broad body of knowledge already existing, take that information into novel areas to create new methods for the prevention and treatment of liver disease."

One in three Americans have fatty liver diseases. Alcoholic liver disease and liver cancer are also big health problems across the country.

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