Brown University Receives NIH Grant for Biomedical Research Center

New England Council member Brown University recently announced that it will launch a new Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE). The new center will be made possible by a five-year, $11.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and will allow researchers at the school to study cancer, preeclampsia, and severe lung infections.

COBRE will fund and support the research of five teams of scientists all studying computational biology. One of the most important functions of the center will be to develop a flexible research core that the teams will be able to adapt to conduct and analyze their research. This will allow the researchers to spend more time on their actual research instead of having to develop technical capabilities from scratch for each experiment, which has been the status-quo in computational biology research up until now.

The inaugural research at the center will include bioinformatics screening of fruit fly models to better understand how drugs might allow us to extend human lifespans, and developing computational methods to predict and identify genes associated with an increased risk of leukemia. Brown anticipates that many of the developments coming out of this new lab will have meaningful applications for much of the other research taking place on campus.

“Brown scientists and students from a number of departments around the university — from computer science and applied mathematics to biology, medicine and public health — have been working collaboratively to understand and realize the benefits of advanced genomics,” said David Savitz, Brown’s vice president for research. “This new COBRE will expand those programs to help move Brown to the forefront of this exciting, promising field of research.”

The New England Council congratulates Brown on the impressive grant and the exciting research that is being done with it.

Read more in the Providence Business News.


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