Researchers from the University of South Carolina have been awarded a $10 million, five-year renewal grant to continue its work through the National Institutes of Health Center for Dietary Supplements and Inflammation. The Center was founded in 2012 at the USC School of Medicine with an initial NIH Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant of $10 million.
This multidisciplinary center focuses on recruitment and mentoring of junior faculty members and crosses five different colleges at UofSC. These researchers work together to tackle the problem of inflammation from a variety of perspectives.
Dr. Saurabh Chatterjee, associate professor of environmental health sciences in the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health and director of the Environmental Health and Disease Laboratory, is one of four junior faculty members involved in the Center. They work together on four major research projects, which each seek to understand how inflammation can be regulated with dietary supplements.
Their goal is to better control inflammatory diseases, such as allergies, autism, colitis and colon cancer, and liver diseases. Previous studies have applied the expertise of the Center’s faculty and graduate student researchers to investigate inflammation’s role in atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s, obesity, breast cancer and liver disease.
“Our outstanding, interdisciplinary team of faculty and graduate students is honored and invigorated by this renewal grant,” says Center co-director and USC vice president for research Dr. Prakash Nagarkatti. ”We look forward to continuing our important work in using dietary supplements to better regulate the inflammation that is a contributing cause of so many diseases that affect millions of lives around the world every day.”