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New Mexico Team Receives $9M from NIH for Molecular Library Screening Center

NEW YORK, July 15 (GenomeWeb News) - The National Institutes of Health has awarded a three-year, $9 million grant to a team at the University of New Mexico to develop the New Mexico Molecular Library Screening center.


The NMMLSC is part of NIH's Roadmap initiative aimed at putting medical discoveries on the fast track to improving health. The center will be part of a network of nine national facilities that are working to identify the most compelling opportunities in three main areas: new pathways to discovery, research teams of the future, and re-engineering the clinical research enterprise.


"In this center, we will discover small molecules that target important biological processes," said Larry Sklar, the director of the NMMLSC, who is also director of research at the Universityof New Mexico's CancerResearch and TreatmentCenter, in a statement.


The targets will come from the NIH community and the center will perform screens on the targets with small molecules. The small molecules can be used as probes, imaging agents and leads for new drug molecules.


The NMMLSC will be centered at the Universityof New Mexico's HealthSciencesCenter, with major components in the UNMCancerResearch & TreatmentCenter, the UNM College of Pharmacy, and the Division of Biocomputing of the Schoolof Medicine. The center's team will also include researchers from New Mexico State, New MexicoTech and ChemDiv.

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