University of Hawai'i
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|For Immediate Release:||
Shawn Nakamoto, (808) 956-9095 or
Kristen Cabral, (808) 956-5039
January 9, 2002
|UH Receives $5.9 Million Award
From NIH To Establish A
Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network
HONOLULU The University of Hawaii recently announced the awarding
of a $5.9 million grant from the National Center for Research Resources of the
National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish a Biomedical Research Infrastructure
Network (BRIN). The BRIN is an alliance among higher education and research
institutions with the common goal of enhancing biomedical research capacity
To achieve this objective, the BRIN partners will seek to increase biomedical research funding to the state by expanding research and developing opportunities for faculty and students at other institutions to participate in funded research.
"This grant provides the opportunity for the state of Hawaii to develop a strong working relationship among biomedical scientists and educators throughout the state and beyond," said UH Manoa Interim Chancellor Deane Neubauer. "In addition to forming research collaborations, the network will also provide training and mentoring opportunities for promising students in the biomedical sciences."
Specifically, the grant provides funding to bring together institutions within a state to establish the network, make institutional alterations and renovations, obtain laboratory equipment, and assist in the recruitment of new faculty. The award is for a three-year period and will be facilitated by the Pacific Biomedical Research Center (PBRC).
To promote the development, coordination, and sharing of research resources and expertise, the BRIN is organized into five core components: the Administrative Core, which establishes advisory committees and provides leadership for the BRIN core functions; the Office of Sponsored Research, which provides pre-award assistance in developing and completing research applications for extramural funding; the Bioinformatics Core, which facilitates the development of an anthropological network and provides improved communication and access to bioinformatics resources; the Training and Mentoring Core, which facilitates the training and provides research opportunities for faculty and students at undergraduate institutions; and the Shared Facility Core, which provides state-of-the-art instrumentation, training, services and expertise in microscopy and molecular biology for the faculty and BRIN institutions. An activity leader heads each core component. The Administrative Core is lead by the grants program director, Dr. Martin Rayner, who is interim director of PBRC and associate dean of basic research at UH Manoas John A. Burns School of Medicine, which is also participating in the network.
Other institutions that have joined UH in the BRIN so far include Brigham Young University Hawaii, Chaminade University, and Hawaii Pacific University, as well as Kaiser Permanente, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, Kuakini Medical Center, The Queens Medical Center, Straub Clinic & Hospital, Cyphera LLC, Hawaii Biotech Inc., Maui High Performance Computing Center, Novasol, Pacific Health Research Institute and Papa Ola Lokahi.
The BRIN grant received by UH is one of 24 awards made by the NIH to biomedical research institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico. The awards are funded through the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Program and aim to enhance biomedical research capacity among these academic and research institutions.