NEW YORK, Aug. 11 (GenomeWeb News) - Call it my big, fat, greasy study. The National Institute of General Medical Sciences said today it has awarded the Lipid MAPS consortium a $35 million, five-year grant to study the full complement of lipids in the cell.
The MAPS consortium, which brings together over 30 researchers at 16 universities, as well as the companies Applied Biosystems and Avanti Polar Lipids, will use this funding in several different focus areas. One group, in the "lipidomics" area, will explore the different groups of lipids. Others will focus on informatics, cell biology, lipid detection, and quantitation, and lipid synthesis and characterization, NIGMS said.
The $35 million, $6.3 million of which will be awarded in the first year, follows from a scientific recognition that other cellular components besides genes and proteins must be characterized in order to further the understanding of human health and disease at the molecular level.
"Lipids are the most important biomolecules because they are the ultimate controllers and regulators of our bodily processes," said Edward Dennis, a chemistry and biochemistry professor at UCSD biochemist and the principal investigator of the Lipid MAPS Consortium, in a statement.
For a full list of the institutions and researchers involved in the Lipid MAPS Constortium, go to http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/aug2003/nigms-11.doc.