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UCSD receives $4.7 million to study Crohn’s Disease
San Diego Union-Tribune

Nearly $5 million in grants from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust will further the study of Crohn’s disease at UC San Diego.

The contributions, which take the form of two separate grants, will help researchers better understand the precise function of the human gut and will also continue to develop three-dimensional imaging techniques that have already proven useful in helping one of the university’s own professors guide his own surgery.

Estimated to affect about 750,000 Americans, Crohn’s causes inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract known to cause diarrhea, internal bleeding and chronic pain.