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Published on Aug 6, 2012
The COBRE (Center of Biological Research Excellence) Center for Neurodegenerative Disorder Research at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences was awarded $5.1M from the National Institutes of Health for five additional years of funding. This grant, that was renewed on its first attempt, will allow our world class group of neuroscientists to continue to make discoveries about determining mechanisms responsible for the pathogenesis of and identifying possible therapeutic interventions against such neurodegenerative diseases as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, neurological complications associated with HIV-1 infection, multiple sclerosis and seizure disorders.
The COBRE Center for Neurodegenerative Disorder Research was originally funded in 2002 for $10.4M and in 2007 was renewed for an additional 5 years at $10.1M. Thus, by 2017 this grant alone will have provided investigators here with over $25M to continue their very important work. During the first 5 years of the COBRE grant (COBRE-I) new faculty members were hired and major pieces of equipment were purchases. During the second five years of the COBRE grant (COBRE-II) additional faculty members were hired and with additional support from the Dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, and various academic departments in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences purchased additional state of the art equipment for the highly successful core facilities. Thus,over the first 10 years of COBRE grant funding, 9 new faculty members were hired, 11 project directors were supported, mass spectrometry and imaging core facilities were developed and supported, and 16 neuroscience investigators were supported through pilot grants. COBRE investigators received about $11M in extramural grants and published 242 manuscripts. The aims of this final five years of the COBRE grant (COBRE-III) are to support our visiting speaker program, pilot grant program, and our mass spectrometry and imaging cores.