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Idaho Biomedical Research Network lands $16.3 million, five-year renewal grant, Idaho State University among institutions receiving funding

Posted June 23, 2014

The statewide Idaho IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence, or INBRE, will receive a $16.3 million, five-year renewal grant from the National Institutes of Health.

This INBRE renewal runs 2014-2019 and will bring about $1 million to Idaho State University, said Michael Thomas, professor of bioinformatics and ISU INBRE administrator.

The network led by the University of Idaho benefits hundreds of faculty and students from 10 of the state’s higher educational institutions and the Boise VA Medical Center.Michael Thomas

INBRE enhances biomedical research at UI, Idaho State University, Boise State University, Northwest Nazarene University, Brigham Young University – Idaho, North Idaho College, College of Southern Idaho, College of Western Idaho, Lewis-Clark State College and the College of Idaho. The Boise VA Medical Center also conducts research and trains students through the network and provides important clinical expertise.
At Idaho State University, the new INBRE funding will support 10-15 undergrads per summer as research fellows, two to three graduate doctoral students per year and will provide cutting-edge biomedical research equipment for faculty research and student training, and fund seed and start-up grants for faculty, Thomas said.

“It’s really useful for ISU, and leaves a big footprint,” he added.

INBRE undergraduate students from across the state have become medical doctors and scientists with doctoral degrees, many of them returning to Idaho to practice and conduct research, after participating in biomedical research, said Carolyn Hovde Bohach, UI food science professor who directs the Idaho INDRE. The INBRE program ultimately improves the health of Idahoans and others nationwide.Gaurav Kaushik at ISU's Molecular Core Facility

Throughout Idaho some 100 INBRE-funded undergraduates will work as research fellows or industry interns with faculty mentors at all Idaho colleges and universities.

In 2001, the University of Idaho won the first of a series of competitive NIH grants to establish a biomedical research infrastructure network among the state’s universities. In 2004, the University of Idaho led an expanded coalition that won a $16 million INBRE grant. Another $16 million grant followed in 2009.
Biomedical research capacity at all network institutions has increased significantly since the network began, Bohach said.

Since its implementation in 2001, INBRE has had a major impact at ISU. The number of graduate students trained at ISU using INBRE funds includes 13 in biology, 14 in biomedical and pharmaceutical Sciences and two in psychology.

Undergraduates trained as summer research fellows since INBRE’s inception include 54 in biology, 52 in biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences, five in psychology and three in chemistry.
The National Institutes of Health Institutional Development Award program builds research capacities in states that historically have had low levels of NIH funding by supporting basic, clinical and translational research; faculty development; and infrastructure improvements.