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Indiana U medical researchers boost research and jobs with stimulus legislation grants
Date:9/15/2009

INDIANAPOLIS Indiana University School of Medicine scientists have received more than $12 million in grants funded by the federal economic stimulus legislation, funding that has bolstered both research initiatives and research employment on the medical center campus.

More than 40 researchers have received American Recovery and Reinvestment Act awards ranging from a $1.4 million National Science Foundation grant supporting innovative research on proteins to smaller awards enabling investigators to hire lab assistants for summer jobs. Approximately 75 research-related jobs have been created or saved on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus as a result of the grants to School of Medicine scientists. Other than the National Science Foundation award, all of the grants are from the National Institutes of Health.

The grants are supporting a broad range of research initiatives seeking to better understand and find improved treatments for a broad range of diseases, including Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and others.

Indiana University has created a web site www.stimulus.iu.edu to provide information about all federal grants the university has received through the economic stimulus legislation. As of Aug. 31, the university had received $16,980,925 through 57 projects

The $1.4 million National Science Foundation grant, awarded to A. Keith Dunker, Ph.D., T.K. Li Professor of Medical Research and director of the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics; Vladimir Uversky, Ph.D., senior research professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and Yuni Xia, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer and information science at the Purdue School of Science at IUPUI, will enable the researchers to expand a database of protein information used by scientists around the world.

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Contact: Eric Schoch
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317-274-7722
Indiana University
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