The National Institutes of Health this month awarded more than $1.25 million in grant funding to support four separate research project related to the role of microRNAs in central nervous system development and functioning, the use of these small, non-coding RNAs as ocular biomarkers, and the effect on the inflammatory disease lupus.

The first award was given to Drexel University’s Seena Ajit to help advance her work on hsa-miR-939 and complex regional pain syndrome, a poorly understood chronic pain condition.

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