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UNH receives NIH grant to advance its biomedical research to the bedside

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DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire has been awarded a five-year, $10 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant to accelerate the translation of its basic biomedical and bioengineering research into clinical and commercialization opportunities leading to improved diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

"We recognize that addressing the pressing health issues facing our nation will require us to ensure research is not taking place in silos," said Jan Nisbet, senior vice provost for research.

"Historically, a lot of the biomedical research at UNH was done by individuals with individual grants.

This grant, a first for UNH, will allow us to establish this new cross-college Center of Integrated Biomedical and Bioengineering Research that brings our faculty and students together to advance clinical research, commercial opportunities and translational medicine."

The grant will also allow UNH to purchase state-of-the-art instrumentation to enhance core biomedical research facilities and better support its early-career faculty through mentoring and career development.

Initially it will fund five junior faculty members with the expectation that new junior faculty will join the center when these researchers receive independent NIH funding and "graduate."

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