A biomedical research program based at the University of Rhode Island has received $18.8 million in new grant funding from the National Institutes of Health.
Created in 2001, The Rhode Island IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (RI-INBRE), was intended to expand the state's biomedical research capacity. Since that time, it has received $42 million in federal grants, according to URI officials.
The new funding will shift the focus to research in areas of cancer, neuroscience and molecular toxicology.
“We are now putting the focus on disease states, like cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases,” said Zahir Shaikh, URI professor of pharmacology and toxicology and the program's director in a written statement announcing the grant.
The IDeA Network involves biomedical research at several universities, including Brown University, Roger Williams University and Rhode Island College.