Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine has been awarded a $314,025 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to expand its research in disease prevention, U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross, D-NJ, announced Wednesday.

The grant was awarded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health. The money will support research led by Dr. Natalia Shcherbik.

The project is focused on preventing protein deterioration, a common pathway for disease development and age-related changes, said Thomas A. Cavalieri, the school's dean.

"This research could lead to approaches to health care that potentially could be important in disease prevention and slowing the aging process," Cavalieri said.

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