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UNM receives funding as special science center

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By The Staff

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico Health Science Center has been named a federal Clinical and Translational Science Center.

The designation comes with $21 million in awards over five years. It also establishes the Health Sciences Center as a key national research center and will create more than 100 high-paying jobs.

New Mexico Democratic Sen. Tom Udall says the UNM Health Science Center is a critical economic and research engine for the region, and the designation will enhance its ability to recruit and retain top faculty and researchers.

Udall's office says factors that helped UNM win the award include the state's ethnic diversity, serious health disparities, medically underserved areas and the center's health innovations.

The Clinical and Translational Science Awards are determined by the National Center for Research Resources.