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UCSD School of Medicine gets grant

UCSD School of Medicine has received a $700,000 grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for a doctoral education program to help basic scientists identify pressing medical problems and develop treatments for human disease.

Called the “Med Into Grad Initiative,” the program encourages graduate schools to more closely integrate medical knowledge and an understanding of clinical practice into their biomedical Ph.D. curricula.

The UCSD-based program invites graduate students into clinics where the students interact with physicians and patients. Known as “molecular consultants,” the scientists cross-educate medical students, residents and clinical fellows in molecular models of disease.

In return, the scientists learn first-hand about unmet needs in diagnostics and therapeutics and how their research can be focused to benefit patients.

This is the second four-year period that the UCSD School of Medicine has received funding.