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NIH Awards $89M in Roadmap Grants to Nine Screening Centers

NEW YORK, June 15 (GenomeWeb News) - Making good on a key element of the Roadmap for Medical Research initiative that it launched in 2003, the National Institutes of Health today said that it has awarded $88.9 million in grants to nine institutions to establish a network of small-molecule screening centers.


The three-year awards will support development of screening methods to identify small molecules that can be used as molecular "probes" to learn more about key biological processes involved in human health and disease, NIH said.


The National Institute of Mental Health and the National Human Genome Research Institute will co-administer the Molecular Libraries Screening Centers Network, and a project team made up of staff from NIH's 27 institutes and centers will oversee its operations.


Data generated at the screening centers will be deposited in the National Library of Medicine's PubChem database.


Last June, NHGRI established the network's first screening center, the NIHChemicalGenomicsCenter, to "jumpstart" the roadmap effort, NIH said.


The nine new institutions receiving grants as part of the Molecular Libraries Screening Centers Network are:


  • Columbia University Medical Center, New York(James Rothman, principal investigator).
  • EmoryUniversity, Atlanta, Ga. (Raymond Dingledine, principal investigator).
  • Southern Research Institute, Birmingham, Ala. (Gary Piazza, principal investigator).
  • The Burnham Institute, La Jolla, Calif. (John Reed, principal investigator).
  • The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, Calif. (Hugh Rosen, principal investigator).
  • Universityof New Mexico Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM (Larry Sklar).
  • Universityof Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Penn. (Scott Diamond, principal investigator).
  • Universityof Pittsburgh at Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Penn. (John Lazo, principal investigator).
  • VanderbiltUniversity, Nashville, Tenn. (David Weaver, principal investigator).
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