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RI Hospital Awarded $5.8 Million Grant for Skeletal Health

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

 

RI Hospital Awarded $5.8 Million Grant for Skeletal Health

Rhode Island Hospital’s Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) for Skeletal Health and Repair at Rhode Island Hospital secured a $5.8 million, five-year Phase III COBRE grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to support ongoing research in the area of cartilage and joint diseases.

“This funding for Phase III is the capstone on a decade of work. We have achieved tremendous success in building our research capacity and funding eligibility in musculoskeletal diseases, and Phase III will allow us to transition the COBRE research infrastructure into a competitive, independent, and self-sustaining academic center of excellence over the next five years,” said Qian Chen, the principal investigator leading the center.

Center for Biomedical Research Excellence

The COBRE for Skeletal Health and Repair supports a multi-disciplinary approach to translational research, with clinicians, biologists and engineers all aiming to find practical applications that will bring benefits to patients in the future.

The center provides state-of-the-art core services in imaging, molecular biology, nanomedicine and bioengineering to biomedical investigators, and continued grant funding allows for investment in this laboratory infrastructure. In turn, these upgrades will enhance Lifespan’s commitment to nationally recognized medical research efforts.

COBRE Grant Funding

COBRE grant funding also assists junior faculty with mentoring activities and pilot project support, toward the goal of creating preliminary research and tangible results that will then make these junior investigators highly competitive when seeking outside sustaining support.

Among 11 full project junior principal investigators in Phases I and II, eight have achieved their own major federal grant funding and “graduated” from the umbrella of COBRE.

Collectively the COBRE has enabled musculoskeletal and joint research at Rhode Island Hospital along with Brown University to achieve prominence nationally and internationally. 

 

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