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University is awarded $17.4 million biomedical research grant

Biomedical research and education in Wyoming will be strengthened by a $17.4 million grant awarded to the University of Wyoming from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Wyoming IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) program will receive a five-year grant, marking the third time UW has received such an award. The funding will allow Wyoming INBRE to continue to support projects that focus on health issues important to rural residents, with an emphasis on cardiometabolic diseases and technology for chronic disease research and therapeutics. “Building on previous NIH support for Wyoming INBRE and working with the UW Science Initiative, Wyoming EPSCoR and other STEM-focused programs, INBRE 3 is poised to contribute to the enhancement of STEM education and research in Wyoming and, in particular, the opportunities for biomedical-related education, training and research at UW and Wyoming community colleges,” says Scott Seville, Wyoming INBRE program coordinator and associate dean in the Outreach School. For the next five years, Wyoming INBRE aims to: — Continue to build on the established multidisciplinary research network with scientific foci that will build and strengthen biomedical research expertise and infrastructure at UW and its partner institutions (Wyoming community colleges and UW-Casper). — Build and increase the research base and capacity of the university and its partner institutions by providing research support to faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. — Provide research opportunities for undergraduate students that will create a pipeline for them to continue in health research careers within Institutional Development Award (IDeA) — Enhance the science and technology knowledge of the state’s workforce. — Expand Wyoming research opportunities across the Western IDeA Region. Wyoming, with UW as the lead institution, is one of 23 states and Puerto Rico funded by the NIH INBRE program. UW received its first INBRE award, totaling $13 million, in 2004. The university received a $16.9 million award to fund INBRE 2 in 2009. The total of the three INBRE awards to UW is more than $47 million. Photo: Kelsea Zukauckas, left, an INBRE Transition Fellow from Cheyenne, and Amy Navratil, an assistant professor in the Department of Zoology and Physiology, perform tissue culture of gonadotrope cells to study the cell signaling pathways involved in the regulation of fertility. h/t UW #shortgo