University of Idaho wins funds to sustain biomedical research, education

newsroom@idahostatesman.comJune 12, 2014 

The University of Idaho-led statewide biomedical research network will receive a $16.3 million, five-year renewal grant from the National Institutes of Health, the university announced Wednesday.

The network benefits hundreds of faculty and students from 10 higher educational institutions in Idaho and the Boise VA Medical Center, the university said.

The university in 2001 won the first of a series of competitive NIH grants to create a biomedical research infrastructure network among the state's universities. More grants followed.

Biomedical research capacity at all network institutions has increased since then, said University of Idaho food science professor Carolyn Hovde Bohach, who leads the Idaho IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence.

The educational institutions in the network include Boise State University, Northwest Nazarene University, Brigham Young University—Idaho, North Idaho College, the colleges of Southern and 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.

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.

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