UT Health Center Receives Grant

The UT Health Center at Tyler is celebrating. Today, they announced that they have received a research grant for more than $7 million.

The money is from the National Institutes of Health, will be used to help researchers study lung scarring.

Dr. Kirk Calhoun, President at UT Health Center at Tyler says, "It is important because it allows us to identify different ways to treat patients with pneumonia, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis, and other serious lung diseases."

Dr. Steven Idell, Vice President of Research at UT Health Center at Tyler says, "We are hoping to develop new ways, new approaches that we can translate to drug development which we then can introduce into clinical trial."

Approximately 40,000 Americans die each year from lung scarring or fibrosis.

Karolyn Davis, Reporting