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IL: Grant Provides Funds for Diabetes, Heart Disease Stroke Research

October 07, 2016

by Office of Communications

Midwestern University researchers will benefit from a new grant created to encourage innovative scientific investigation. The Michael Walczak, D.O. Research Award is designed to encourage faculty members and students at the University's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) to create hypothesis-driven research that involves therapies and potential new therapies for diabetes, heart disease, or stroke.

The award will provide up to $25,000 over a two-year period for research where the primary investigator is a member of the CCOM faculty.  The intent of the award is to encourage the creation of new pilot data that can be developed into additional research projects focusing on the often-linked disease states of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. According to the American Diabetes Association, people with diabetes have a higher-than-average risk of having a heart attack or stroke.  

Michael Walczak, D.O., M.D., was an alumnus of the University (CCOM 1962) and spent his entire medical career in California. Licensed in internal medicine, he specialized in nutrition and sports medicine, hypothyroidism, and anti-aging. Dr. Walczak passed away in October 2015. He established this legacy grant to express his gratitude for his education at CCOM and to support Midwestern University faculty and student researchers, who he believed will be leaders in unlocking answers to widespread and often highly preventable cardiovascular diseases.

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