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A $2.1 million federal grant will give more of Louisiana’s children access to cutting-edge health research while training young scientists in pediatric research, according to Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

The Center said Friday that the five-year National Institutes of Health award will focus on boosting clinical trial access in five areas: care before and after birth; obesity; upper and lower airways; brain development ; and physical, mental, and social well-being.

The grant renewal is part of the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program. The initial grant established the Louisiana site within the ECHO IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network in 2016. This earlier effort enhanced research capacity and infrastructure for pediatric clinical research, helping to train additional research staff and scientists, a news release said.

The current effort will involve Pennington Biomedical, Tulane University, LSU Health Sciences Center, Children’s Hospital New Orleans and Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge.

“By bringing new scientific discoveries to Louisiana’s children, we can eliminate some of the barriers to care for many of our state’s children,” said Pennington Biomedical Executive Director John Kirwan. “We may also slow or even prevent the development of chronic diseases such as obesity and asthma, and the related health issues that continue on into adulthood.”

Written by New Orleans City Business

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