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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Brown University has accepted the biggest federal award in University history in hopes of shedding new light on a deadly disease.

On Tuesday the school announced they were awarded a $53.4 million grant from the National Institute of Aging for Alzheimer’s research.

The grant, which is to be spread out over the span of five-years, will be used to gather information on “trials aimed at evaluating interventions” for the disease.  

In a statement made on Tuesday, Brown’s School of Public Health’s Vincent Mor said “the key is figuring out how to take an idea that worked in an ideal situation and adapt it so it can be piloted in the messy real-world system of care providers that exist across the U.S.”

According to the Alzheimer’s Association more than five-million Americans currently live with the disease.  

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