BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University's veterinary school is getting an $11.5 million federal health grant to start a center aimed at finding ways to treat and prevent lung disease in people.


The National Institutes of Health will provide the money to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine over five years. NIH could renew the grant for two additional five-year terms, for a total of more than $32 million.

LSU says the money will launch the Center for Lung Biology and Disease, which will augment university research on pulmonary diseases. A news release says it will investigate how lung diseases start and develop, thus guiding treatment and prevention.

The NIH grant comes from a program aimed at promoting research in states that historically receive low levels of support from the federal health agency.

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