NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni devised the road map concept to identify major opportunities and gaps in biomedical research and address them in ways to make the biggest impact on the progress of medical research. A crucial element in this approach is interdisciplinary collaboration and research encouraged and promoted by NIH.
"We have made remarkable progress in medical research in recent decades, and NIH-led research has changed the landscape of many diseases," Zerhouni said. "However, very real and very urgent needs remain. NIH is now drawing all fields of science together in a concerted effort to meet these challenges head-on."
In this spirit, one of the new grants was awarded to a group of 34 Rutgers and UMDNJ faculty members from the BioMaPS (Biological, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences interfaces) Institute for Quantitative Biology; the Cancer Institute of New Jersey; the Northeast Structural Genomics Consortium (NESG); and the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics/Protein Data Bank (PDB). Two million dollars over five years will support the training of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in the new, interdisciplinary field of proteomics the study of the ever-changing complement of proteins that direct the activities of living cells.
Understanding protein structure, function and interactions can lead to an understanding of the molecular basis of disease. Principal investigator Ronald Levy, co-director of the BioMaPS Institute, and co-principal investigators Gaetano Montelione
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Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey