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NIH to Fund Resource Centers for Basic Aging Biology

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - The National Institute of Aging plans to commit $4 million in 2010 to fund research centers that will focus on the basic biology of aging, including molecular and cell biology, genomics, proteomics, flow cytometry, bioimaging, and other ‘omics technlogies.

Under the program, the NIA will fund up to five new and continuation grants to support the creation of specialized centers, known as Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in Basic Biology of Aging.

Researchers may apply for up to $800,000 per year for up to five years to establish or support these centers, which will be committed to studying the biology of aging and to providing training for such studies.

The grants will not directly support research led by principal investigators or clinical trials, but are instead aimed at developing institutions that already have a substantial current investment in aging biology. The centers will consist of an administrative core and a research core that has at least three ongoing projects.

These research resource cores may house proteomics and other ‘omics technologies, tissue banks and animal colonies, bioinformatics, imaging technology, comparative biology, and cell sorting, and flow cytometry, NIH said.

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