DMS Lands Grant for Regional Biomedical Research Center

Understanding how genes and the environment work together to trigger and prevent disease is a vital area of biomedical research. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has chosen Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) to lead a network of northern New England institutions in recruiting, training, and supporting young quantitative biologists to pursue the topic.

Jason Moore, the Third Century Professor of Genetics and Community and Family Medicine, will lead a new Center of Biomedical Research Excellence on genetics funded by the National Institutes of Health. (photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)

With computational geneticist Jason Moore as principal investigator, DMS will establish an NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) with an $11 million grant.

Dartmouth scientists in several disciplines will join forces with colleagues at the University of New Hampshire, the University of Maine, the University of Vermont, Harvard University's national center for biomedical computing, the University of Southern Maine, Maine's Jackson Labs and Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, and Maine Medical Center.

"This COBRE program is essential for building quantitative biology infrastructure in a largely rural region of the United States that has not kept pace with universities in more populated areas such as nearby Boston and New York," said Moore.

Read the full story, published by DMS on 08/22/11.