MSU and KBRIN awarded $15 million NIH grant
The Kentucky Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (KBRIN) was recently awarded a $15 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Center for Research Resources (NCRR).
Established in 2001 with the support of a major NIH grant, the KBRIN is a multi-institutional partnership of researchers from Morehead State University and five other public institutions including the University of Louisville (lead institution), the University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, Northern Kentucky University, and Western Kentucky University. Over the past eight years, the KBRIN has directly received over $20 million in NIH funding. The recent award will continue support of the network through 2013. MSU is expected to receive more than $2 million from this award.
The major goals of the KBRIN include enhancing statewide biomedical research capacity and infrastructure, supporting important health-related biomedical research projects, increasing the number of undergraduate students engaged in biomedical research and pursuing post-graduate careers in biomedical sciences, and enhancing the competitiveness of Kentucky researchers in pursuing federal level funding for their research.
This statewide network is led by Dr. Nigel Cooper (principal investigator) of the University of Louisville Medical School, and Dr. Bruce Mattingly (program coordinator), Associate Vice President for Research at MSU. The local MSU KBRIN program is directed by Dr. Doug Dennis, Chair of the Department of Biology and Chemistry. MSU faculty currently supported by the KBRIN program include Dr. Michael Fultz, assistant professor of biology, Dr. Janelle Hare, associate professor of biology, and Dr. Wesley White, professor of psychology.
Since joining the KBRIN, MSU has made significant progress in meeting its institutional goals as well as those of the statewide network. A recent five year pre- and post-KBRIN assessment demonstrated a more than 100% increase in: 1) the number of MSU students involved in biomedical research with faculty mentors; 2) the number of MSU students presenting research papers and posters at scientific conferences; 3) the number of MSU students accepted into Ph.D programs in biomedical sciences after graduation; and 4) the number of NIH research grants submitted by, and awarded to MSU faculty.
In addition to these achievements, KBRIN funding has also been instrumental in the enhancement and expansion of MSU’s physical research infrastructure. KBRIN funding in 2004, for example, was used to completely renovate the HVAC system in the Department of Psychology’s behavioral neuroscience laboratories. Likewise, with KBRIN support, several research laboratories have been equipped with state-of-the-art biomedical equipment, including atomic force and fluorescent microscopes.
Perhaps the most important infrastructure advancement resulting from the KBRIN project was the October 2007 opening of the Dr. David Magrane Molecular Biology Core Research Facility in Lappin Hall. Developed at a cost of over $800,000 of MSU, KBRIN, and NSF-EPSCoR funds, this modern, 2,300 square foot laboratory provides faculty and students from several disciplines (agriculture, biology, neuroscience, psychology) dedicated research space with the latest in biotechnology equipment.
For more information concerning faculty and/or student biomedical research opportunities at MSU, or the KBRIN program, contact Dr. Dennis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 606-783-2944, or Dr. Mattingly at email@example.com, or 606-783-2010.