Center for Neuroscience Awarded 5.5 Million from National Institutes of Health to Develop Core Research Facilities
MORGANTOWN, WV - The West Virginia University Center for Neuroscience will be advancing research facilities throughout the Health Sciences Center campus. The Center for Neuroscience has received grant funding of over $5.5 million from the National Institutes of Health to be disbursed over the next five years. This grant will support new state of the art core resource technologies, fund collaborative scientific pilot projects, and create several new positions at the Health Science Center.

This award is focused on the development of five core facilities used extensively by research faculty in the Neuroscience field and provides unique technologies to other researchers at WVU and throughout West Virginia. The grant is awarded through the National Center for Research Resources IDeA program, designed to build Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence while broadening the geographic distribution of NIH funding. West Virginia, an IDeA state, has 3 COBRE grants supporting biomedical research centers with two awarded to WVU.

This COBRE grant focuses on the development of five core facilities used by research faculty in the Neuroscience field: Transgenic Animal, directed by Pete Mathers; Genomics, directed by Dongquan Chen and Steve DiFazio; Advanced Imaging, directed by Ray Raylman and James Lewis, Non-linear Optical Microscopy, directed by Feruz Ganikhanov and Rob Wysolmerski, and Tissue Processing, directed by Al Berrebi and James Coad. The Pilot Projects mechanism is directed by Vishy Ramamurthy.

“This award continues our investment in cutting-edge equipment and technologies as well as the personnel expertise to anchor modern research programs of our scientists,” said George Spirou, Director of the Center for Neuroscience and Principal Investigator of the grant. The core and pilot project directors and Dr. Spirou wrote the application.

The Center for Neuroscience began as a collaborative effort of neuroscientists throughout various departments of the University and has been funded by the IDeA program for the past ten years. In 2008 the Center moved its offices and several laboratories to the top floor of the new Erma Byrd Biomedical Research Center.

The Center serves to foster collaboration between investigators in four research areas: Sensory Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, Stroke and Other Neural Injury, and Cognitive Neuroscience. These collaborative projects result in new scientific findings, increased project funding, and access to state of the art technologies. The Center consists of more than 35 scientific laboratories across the University and at NIOSH.

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