USM to lead biomedical research project

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — The University of Southern Mississippi has been selected as the lead institution in a biomedical research project funded by an $18 million grant.

The funding comes from a National Institutes of Health program called IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE).

Eighteen other Mississippi universities and junior colleges will be involved in the project that focuses on a wide variety of biomedical-related areas such as cancer research, heart disease and teen pregnancy.

The INBRE has received $54 million since the program started in 2001.

The Mississippi INBRE grant helps support the work of hundreds of biomedical researchers and student trainees across the state. At USM, for example, the MS-INBRE helps to support the work of 21 faculty members, 40 graduate students and nearly 50 undergraduate students.