Five federal grants awarded for research

Five S.C. colleges will share $5.9 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant will fund research on obesity, diabetes and colorectal cancer, among other health and environmental problems. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham announced the grant awards in a news release.

Details on the awards and projects:

Clemson University: $263,937 for "Trans-generational Impact of Maternal Obesity and Diabetes on Health Disparities," $200,000 for "Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program."

Medical University of South Carolina: $552,002 for "Faculty Recruitment into Neurobiology of Addiction Research Center," $321,000 for "Inflammation and Degeneration of Optic Nerve in EAE," $295,000 for "Dual Mode Mass Spectrometry Platform for Increasing Depth in Proteomic Analysis." Also: $221,250 for "Ethanol and Plasticity of Tripartite Synapses," $110,625 for "Role of Cilia in Mammalian Tooth Patterning."

Morris College: $329,670 for "Health Care and Other Facilities."

University of South Carolina: $2,823,426 for "An Open Source Research Permissions Framework for South Carolina," $309, 590 for "Use of a Community-University Partnership to Eliminate Environmental Stressors," $291,911 for "Post-Transcriptional Regulation in Colorectal Cancer." Also: $226,333 for "Modeling Spatial and Family Factors in the Transmission of Wealth."