Based on the success of the initial 10-year award, the ultimate goals of this COBRE renewal application are to complete the establishment at Dartmouth of a nationally recognized Center for Molecular, Cellular, and Translational Immunological Research, and to transition this COBRE Center for Immunological Research (COBRE-CIR) to an infrastructure-based, freestanding (from COBRE funding), sustainable center in five years. With the foundation of a long-standing Immunology Program, which has now been substantially enhanced by COBRE support, this proposal takes advantage of a highly interactive core of collaborative faculty at Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC). With this expanded investigator base, a Phase III COBRE award will provide the resources to build the needed infrastructure to sustain the COBRE-CIR, further grow the Program, and facilitate inter-disciplinary basic science to translational immunological research. This infrastructure will include the continued mentored development of our immunological faculty, especially those investigators previously supported by COBRE;expansion of the COBRE Cores and their full integration with existing complementary cores and shared services at DMS/DHMC, particularly the Norris Cotton Cancer Center and the other Immunology and """"""""Lung Biology"""""""" COBREs at Dartmouth and the University of Vermont;and an enhanced Pilot Project Program with targeting to mentored, collaborative, and/or translational/human systems research. Together with substantive Institutional commitment by DMS/DHMC, there is confidence that the strong existing cadre of investigators, already expanded and matured by the COBRE mechanism, can be further developed to complete the formation of a sustainable Center for Immunological Research that is grounded in excellent basic science investigation, embraces a translational approach to promote bidirectional bench-to-bedside application of hypothesis-driven research, and has a regional, if not also national, impact.

Public Health Relevance

The immune system is central to a variety of disease states, from protective responses to microbial infections and tumors, to unwanted inflammation and immunopathology characteristic of allergy, autoimmunity, etc. A better understanding of how to regulate the immune system is needed to create better vaccines, or to limit immune responses in syndromes resulting from an overzealous recognition of non-dangerous antigen.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Type
Center Core Grants (P30)
Project #
1P30RR032136-01
Application #
8116197
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRR1-RI-B (01))
Program Officer
Gorospe, Rafael
Project Start
2011-07-01
Project End
2016-04-30
Budget Start
2011-07-01
Budget End
2012-04-30
Support Year
1
Fiscal Year
2011
Total Cost
$1,185,000
Indirect Cost
Name
Dartmouth College
Department
Microbiology/Immun/Virology
Type
Schools of Medicine
DUNS #
041027822
City
Hanover
State
NH
Country
United States
Zip Code
03755
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