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Lipscomb University's Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program has been awarded a $1.8 million grant to improve mental health services in Nashville by training the behavioral health and education workforce for an integrated approach to meeting mental health needs. The HRSA grant is the largest awarded by any organization to Lipscomb in the university's history. The funding will be used to address the unmet mental health needs among the medically underserved populations in the city with a particular emphasis on advancing services available to immigrant populations and residents whose primary language is not English.

March of Dimes recently announced a $60,870 grant from Amerigroup Foundation to help prevent premature birth and improve the health of moms and babies through efforts to curb smoking in Tennessee, which ranks among the top states in the nation with the highest prevalence of pregnant smokers. The funding will expand the reach of smoking cessation programming across the state.

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center has received $2.3 million to fund a clinical research trial testing a combination of three immunotherapy compounds for patients with a specific type of advanced breast cancer. The trial for patients with estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) metastatic breast cancer is one of 10 projects launched by the nonprofit Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C)

James McIntyre, PhD, research professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences at Vanderbilt, has received a METAvivor grant for his research: "A Novel Self-Reporting Paclitaxel Prodrug without Systemic Neurotoxicity: Preclinical Assessment for Targeted Treatment of Metastatic Breast Cancer." METAvivor is a non-profit organization dedicatd to funding research for Stage IV metastatic breast cancer.

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee awarded Saint Thomas River Park Hospital a grant to launch a breastfeeding education program in the hospital's Family Birth Unit.

This past fall, IQuity became one of the first recipients of the SBIR/STTR Matching Fund Grants Program, which is administered by LaunchTN and funded by the state's Department of Economic and Community Development. The funding will be used to further IQuity's ongoing analysis of the gene expression data in long non-coding RNAs (lncRNA) and the utility of lncRNA's ability to detect and monitor autoimmune diseases and related conditions.

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