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NIDDK to Fund Molecular Hematology Centers, Cores

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases will grant $4.6 million in 2010 to fund four hematology research centers that will study, and serve as a resource for other studies of, hematologic diseases.

These NIDDK Centers of Excellence in Molecular Hematology will already have existing programs of excellence in hematologic diseases, according to a National Institutes of Health request for applications, and they will receive funding for budgets up to $750,000 per year for five years.

The aims of the program are to "bring together clinical and basic science investigators" for hematologic disease research and to generate new resources that can be made more broadly available to the research community.

The research in these cores could include studies of gene structures and functions, structural biology of proteins and protein interactions, as well as research into gene regulations or gene expression. Studies also may pursue tests of the safety and efficacy of potential therapies.

Each center may contain three to six cores, which will be shared resources that are used to support the goals of the center, as well as scientists outside the center. These supporting resources could be used to support and manage research using functional genomics and bioinformatics, transgenic animals, and cell preparation.