NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The University of Iowa said today that it has landed a $2.1 million grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to continue a program mentorship program that will focus on genomics, genetics, translational research, and other approaches to childhood illnesses.
The five-year grant, called Molecular and Cellular Research to Advance Child Health, will be used by the University of Iowa’s Department of Pediatrics.
The program pairs young scientists with mentors in a number of areas and provides funds to the younger faculty members for research time and resources. The program has been in place since 1990 and has been involved in training 26 clinician-scientists in pediatrics.
Because funding today is “tighter than ever," said UI Professor of Pediatrics Brian Schutte, scholars “graduate” from the program once they secure their own funding for research.
The university said the grant also funds training at the school’s recently created Institute for Clinical and Translational Science.