UK Secures Multi-Million Dollar Research Grant

Dec 16, 2013

The University of Kentucky receives an 11.3-million dollar grant to study the connection between obesity and heart disease.

The grants were awarded by the National Institutes of Health to support research focusing on two major health crises in Kentucky, obesity and heart disease.  The funds will be used to continue five research projects now underway at the University by Dr. Lisa Cassis. 

Dr. Michael Karpf, UK Executive Vice President for Health Affairs says science is a serious investment and believes this grant will continue to make UK HealthCare a leader in the industry.  Two thirds of the nation is considered overweight and that number jumps to 60-percent in Kentucky.  Obesity is the leading cause of heart disease in the state.