Rhode Island: It's All in Our Backyard

Bio-med sector sees vital signs soar

June 9, 2014 by chris


Research into Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurological disease is bringing millions of dollars into the Ocean State.

With the latest grant — $18.8 million —  a consortium of local colleges and universities has now received $42 million in federal support and won an additional $47 million in independent funding to expand the state’s biomedical sector.biomedical

“Neuroscience and cancer are not just priorities for us at URI. They are research priorities for Rhode Island and the nation. This will continue to be a capacity building grant, and it will catalyze the growth and competitiveness of investigators” says David Rowley, a University of Rhode Island professor of biomedical sciences.

URI partners with Brown University, Rhode Island College, Providence College, Bryant University, Roger Williams University and Salve Regina University in the Rhode Island IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (RI-INBRE) program. The Community College of Rhode Island is an affiliate of the network, and its students participate in research opportunities at URI.

RI-INBRE has already put more than 100 faculty members to work and trained more than 1,000 students and postdoctoral fellows.

“All of these institutions are now hiring new science faculty in such areas as biology, chemistry and psychology with biomedically related research experiences in order to benefit from the RI-INBRE program,” says URI’s Zahir Shaikh, who directs the program. “They have also augmented their research support staff to facilitate increased research activity by their faculty.”