University of Alaska Fairbanks receives $16 million for biomedical training

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The University of Alaska Fairbanks Biomedical department has received a five-year, $16 million grant. The grant will be used to increase the diversity and research capacity of undergraduate students in its biomedical programs.

Karstan Hueffer interviews on the 16 million dollar grant received for UAF biomedical training (Carly Sjordal/KTVF)

The money will expand UAF's Biomedical Learning and Student Training program or 'BLaST'. This engages students from diverse backgrounds, especially those from rural Alaska, in biomedical research. Associate Dean of Internal medicine Karsten Hueffer says that the grant will help the student experience more inclusive.

"We will continue to change and influence the institution and help students develop their skills as researchers, and help mentors be better mentors to students from all backgrounds -- especially rural and Alaska Native students," said Hueffer.

The program is funded through the National Institutes of Health Common Fund and administered by the NIH's National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

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