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From WFPL’s Raj Ahuja

The University of Louisville has received an $11.6 million National Institutes of Health grant for diabetes and obesity research. 

U of L’s principal investigator in the research, Aruni Bhatnagar, says the funds will allow scientists to make more significant advances in their study of the conditions.

 “Until now we’ve been sort of nibbling at the edges.  With this award it will allow us to address the problem head on with significant depth and rigor so we can make an effective contribution to the fundamental understanding of the causes and consequences of diabetes and obesity and to make adifference in the lives of people who are struggling with these conditions,” Bhatnagar said.

Kentucky ranks high nationally in diabetes and obesity rates.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."