North Carolina Central University (NCCU) received a $1 million Excellence in Research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to investigate the behavior of free-radical molecules, which play a role in human inflammatory diseases.

The NSF grant was awarded to principal investigator John Bang, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Environmental Health program in the Department of Environmental, Earth and Geospatial Sciences.

“Studies about free-radical mechanics eventually will be able to give insight about how we should approach treating inflammation induced illness and diseases, such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s diseases,” Bang said.

Bang will be working with co-investigators Darlene Taylor, Ph.D., an NCCU chemistry professor, and researchers from two other institutions to examine the interactions between free radicals and nanomaterials.

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Originally published Jan 17, 2019.