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Michigan Tech Researcher Gets Stimulus Money for Blood Pressure Research

By Jennifer Donovan

November 18, 2009

Jason Carter, chair of the Department of Exercise Science, Health and Physical Education at Michigan Technological University, will receive $20,900 in federal stimulus funds through the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The grant will supplement Carter's existing $211,000 NIH grant and will support an undergraduate researcher, Jenna Klein, to work with Carter on researching the effects of fish oil on blood pressure regulation in humans. The grant is part of federal funding to promote diversity in health-related research.

"Jenna is one of the University's very best students," Carter said. "She has a passion for research, and this will fund her for another year as she prepares for medical school."

"Competition for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding has been intense, and we are very pleased at the recognition of Jason's program and the assistance this funding will provide for his students," said Dave Reed, vice president for research.

Michigan Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow announced the grant this week. Carter's grant was one of five awarded in Michigan. Other grants went to researchers at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University.

"With this recovery act funding, Michigan's top-notch universities will continue to play a leading role in important medical research," Levin said.

"By investing in health care research we will not only help cure life-threatening diseases, but also create good-paying jobs," said Stabenow.

Michigan Technological University ( is a leading public research university developing new technologies and preparing students to create the future for a prosperous and sustainable world. Michigan Tech offers more than 130 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering; forest resources; computing; technology; business; economics; natural, physical and environmental sciences; arts; humanities; and social sciences.

This article originally appeared on the Michigan Technological University website. Reposted with permission.

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