Thanks to a five-year $20.3 million grant renewal from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), UNLV will continue to lead a health research network of 13 universities across the Mountain West region.
The Mountain West Medical Translational Research Study Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN) began in 2013 and is designed to broaden the research study capability of UNLV and partner institutions throughout 7 states with a concentrate on improving the health of locals.
And it’s working. Throughout the very first 4 years of the program, more than $4.6 million was invested in 69 pilot grants throughout the network. These grants are designed as drivers to help scientists prepared for larger, independent grant propositions. To this day, more than $37 million has been protected through 27 brand-new awards based upon initial CTR-IN pilot grants– which totals up to nearly $8 for every $1 invested.
Among the program’s highlights:
UNLV kinesiology teacher Brach Poston utilized a pilot grant in 2014-15 to support his research on non-invasive brain stimulation to improve motor ability and knowing in people with Parkinson’s illness. He just recently earned a $421,000 grant from the NIH to continue his research study.
University of Wyoming engineering teacher Domen Novak was granted pilot grant financing in 2015-16 to enhance chauffeur attention spans with the objective of decreasing motor vehicle fatalities. The motivating results led to the professor getting a $448,000 award from the National Science Foundation for additional research.
“Faculty members’ capability to protect such a big quantity of extramural funding shows the difference the CTR-IN is making at the participating universities,” said Dr. Parvesh Kumar, UNLV School of Medicine Vice Dean of Research study and lead private investigator on the grant. “It’s stimulating additional research study facilities advancement, which is among our major objectives of this grant.”
Financing comes the National Institutes of Health Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Center of Biomedical Research Excellence. The CONCEPT program constructs research study capacities in states that historically have actually had low levels of NIH financing by supporting basic, medical and translational research study; faculty development; and infrastructure improvements.
“As an academic medical center, the UNLV School of Medicine has as part of its mission the performing of research that enhances lives,” stated Dr. Barbara Atkinson, establishing dean of the medical school. “We’re happy that Dr. Kumar was able to play a key function in the renewal of UNLV’s largest research study grant. At UNLV, we believe knowledge can be derived from questioning the status quo, discovering more about illnesses and conditions and using that knowledge to improve the health of our community.”
UNLV and its partner universities share resources and knowledge, consisting of biostatistical and administrative assistance, along with mentorship and instructional chances that encourage extra research.
The initial five-year grant was granted to UNLV in 2013. This renewal will continue funding through 2023.
UNLV is the host university for the CTR-IN. Partner organizations consist of University of Alaska– Anchorage; University of Alaska– Fairbanks; University of Hawaii– Manoa; Boise State University; Idaho State University; University of Idaho; Montana State University; University of Montana; University of Nevada, Reno; New Mexico State University; University of New Mexico; and University of Wyoming.