The main purpose of this IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) proposal is to continue to enhance institutional capacity for biomedical and behavioral research in the state of Rhode Island. The University of Rhode Island (URI) is the lead institution, with six partner institutions forming the network. The administrative, bioinformatics, and centralized equipment facility cores at URI will coordinate the four central goals of the next phase: 1) Continue and improve faculty development and mentoring;2) Recruit and train undergraduate and graduate fellows;3) Provide access to state-of-the-art equipment and bioinformatics resources;and 4) Develop new initiatives and collaborations with other infrastructure development programs in the state. Achievement of these goals will be accomplished by collaborative efforts of 19 participating faculty investigators in the network who will carry out research and educational objectives in the focus areas of molecular toxicology, cell biology, and behavioral science. Newly created faculty development programs include research-based collaborative projects and education-based student training initiatives. Proposed projects will focus on a variety of heath-related issues including cancer, neurological diseases, drug metabolism, infectious diseases, tissue regeneration, and the effects of environmental toxins on human health. A new emphasis in bioinformatics, strengthened by increased material and personnel support, will substantially improve the data mining and processing capabilities of biomedical scientists in the state. A productive summer undergraduate research fellowship program, in which students are given rich experiential training in biomedical research methods and career counseling, will be continued. A new collaborative highschool outreach program is planned to provide hands-on research experience for area high school science teachers. It is anticipated that meeting these and other proposed objectives in the next phase of the Rl-INBRE program will continue to have a profound and measurable positive impact on the culture for biomedical and behavioral research and education in the State of Rhode Island.

Public Health Relevance

(provided by the applicant): The proposed research will address a broad range of human health issues. Examples of these include: studies on causes and diagnosis of cancer, neurological diseases, metabolism of drugs and liver disease, parasitic human diseases, regeneration of damaged tissue, and impact of environmental toxins on human health.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Type
Exploratory Grants (P20)
Project #
5P20RR016457-10
Application #
7821410
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRR1-RI-4 (01))
Program Officer
Liu, Yanping
Project Start
2001-09-30
Project End
2014-04-30
Budget Start
2010-05-01
Budget End
2011-04-30
Support Year
10
Fiscal Year
2010
Total Cost
$3,470,166
Indirect Cost
Name
University of Rhode Island
Department
Pharmacology
Type
Schools of Pharmacy
DUNS #
144017188
City
Kingston
State
RI
Country
United States
Zip Code
02881
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