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$1 Million Grant from State of Florida Will Support UM HIV/AIDS Research

From left, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Governor Rick Scott, Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., and Senator Rene Garcia.

From left, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Governor Rick Scott, Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., and Senator Rene Garcia.

Governor Rick Scott and Senator Rene Garcia visited the Miller School of Medicine Monday to present a check from the state of Florida for $1 million to advance HIV/AIDS research. The funding will help support ongoing AIDS research programs and extend the research capacity of UM’s Center for AIDS Research through synergistic collaborations with investigators at other institutions in South Florida. In addition, the funds will promote the creation of the University of Miami HIV/AIDS Institute, which will serve as the umbrella under which clinical, research and philanthropic activities at UM will be coordinated.

“For anyone who has ever worked in healthcare, every day you help somebody’s life,” said Scott, who was a hospital executive before entering politics. “Funding research to cure the horrible diseases that afflict our loved ones has to be one of our top priorities. One of the nice things to happen in our state in the last four years is that we have turned our economy around. So as our economy gets better, we have more money in the budget, and we can do more things. Healthcare is clearly one of them. We must work together to treat these complex diseases, which require much more research and development.”

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