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$10 million grant supports biological sciences team at University of Nevada, Reno
Date:10/17/2011

RENO, Nev. A multi-disciplinary 5-year project at the University of Nevada, Reno and University of Nevada School of Medicine has received $10 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health. The project seeks to better understand and eventually manipulate the communication between cells that causes human neurological and other diseases.

With this funding, the School of Medicine, the College of Science and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources will establish a new NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) project that focuses on the cell biology of signaling across membranes, as well as mentoring biomedical researchers.

"Young biomedical researchers will be trained and supported to conduct research to better understand how cells and cellular compartments communicate with each other and how defects in such communication may trigger disease," neuroscientist Chris von Bartheld, M.D., program director for the project said. He is also a professor in physiology and cell biology and course director of medical neuroscience for the School of Medicine.

The COBRE project includes funds to establish two core facilities for microscopy and tissue culture in the Life Sciences wing of the Fleischmann Agriculture Building, and basic science and clinical faculty mentoring programs for the junior faculty.

"As many as 30 people will be employed through this project that will ultimately be searching for cures to many diseases," von Bartheld said. "It will be scientists, technicians and graduate students. Renovations and upgrades to labs and equipment is also a part of the project."

"This is a truly significant accomplishment for the University community," Marc Johnson, president of the University of Nevada, Reno, said. "These grants are highly competitive and this award is a testament to the quality of our faculty and caliber of the imp
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Contact: Mike Wolterbeek
mwolterbeek@unr.edu
University of Nevada, Reno
Source:Eurekalert

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