Drew University gets $25 million grant for research

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A hefty grant announced Tuesday will allow the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science to expand its research facilities and add to its faculty.

The National Institutes of Health awarded $25 million to the health sciences university in Watts-Willowbrook. The money comes from an institute fund that focuses on health disparities among Latinos, black and whites.

University president David Carlisle says he’ll also use some the grant to attract more students and faculty. Three months ago school regained full accreditation following a two-year probation. Its residency program shut down five years ago after federal regulators forced the Martin Luther King Jr.-Drew Medical Center. the university’s teaching hospital, to shut down.

Los Angeles County established that public hospital a year after the 1965 Watts Riots to train doctors and nurses and to provide medical care in riot-affected neighborhoods. The institution will receive the $25 million grant gradually over five years.