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New Informatics and Bioimaging Center combines resources, expertise from UMD, UMB
Date:11/20/2012

ultidisciplinary approach in addressing grand challenges in medicine and health care," says Jayanth Banavar, dean of UMD's College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, which provided part of the startup funding for the CHIB in College Park.

It is expected that the cross-institutional CHIB teams will secure additional federal funding from the National Institutes of Health or the National Science Foundation as research efforts move forward, says Patrick O'Shea, UMD's vice president for research and chief research officer. "The federal agencies recognize, just as we do, that transformational discoveries demand a dedicated, multifaceted approach," he says.

There are also plans for researchers at CHIB to leverage the region's bioscience/biotech strengths to commercialize any new technologies they discover.

"The state of Maryland is already home to one of the largest bioscience clusters in the country, and a significant portion of the U.S. pharmaceutical industry is within a few hours of these universities," says Bruce Jarrell, senior vice president and chief academic and research officer at UMB. "By continuing to intertwine the research and clinical resources of our universities, we can provide fuel for the growth of the commercial health-care sector."


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