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Vanderbilt U Med Center Wins $8.6M Stimulus Grant for Genomics Resource

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Vanderbilt University Medical Center will create a new collaborative shared resource intended to accelerate discoveries in genome science and personalized medicine, using an $8.6 million, two-year federal stimulus grant announced today.

The new Vanderbilt Technologies for Advanced Genomics, or VANTAGE, will co-locate and expand four existing core facilities as well as BioVU, the medical center's DNA databank, VUMC said.

The DNA Resources Core and the DNA Sequencing Facility will relocate from Light Hall, while the Functional Genomics Shared Resource Core, formerly the Microarray Shared Resource, will move from Medical Research Building II, the medical center said.

The three core facilities, according to VUMC, will be grouped in the basement of Medical Center North with the Flow Cytometry Core, as well as two facilities to be housed in their first physical home, the Genome Technology Core, and a soon-to-be-installed robotic store for BioVU, which is funded by a separate federal grant.

VANTAGE will operate in 12,500 square feet of laboratory space that will be renovated by early summer 2012, the medical center said.

The grant is the largest awarded to Vanderbilt University by the NIH under the $862 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. According to the university, the NIH has provided $81.6 million in 179 stimulus grants led by more than 160 Vanderbilt scientists.

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