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Complex Biology Gets Simple Solution: $4.5 Million from NIGMS

NEW YORK, Aug. 2 - The National Institute of General Medical Sciences today announced $4.5 million for two new centers that will study complex biomedical systems.


These Centers of Excellence in Complex Biomedical Systems Research will focus on bringing together a diverse group of researchers to understand biologically complex phenomena like genotype-phenotype relationships, organ system responses to injury, embryogenesis, and the dynamics of development.


One of the new centers, housed at the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Laboratories in the San Juan Islands, will investigate the genetics of embryonic development and cell structure. NIGMS will provide $2.1 million in the first year for this center.


At Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, researchers at the Center for Modeling Integrated Metabolic Systems will work to simulate metabolic processes in muscle, brain, and liver tissue. This center will get $2.4 million from NIGMS.


The institute also made three planning grants to underwrite future centers for complex systems research at Boston University, University of California at Irvine, and the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. These projects, for which NIGMS has earmarked $25.5 million over the next five years, include efforts to understand cell-signaling pathways and improve interdisciplinary research.


The institute, which is a part of the US National Institutes of Health, is accepting letters of intent until Sept. 11.


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