state’s biomedical sector,” says Bongsup Cho, the URI professor of pharmacy who leads the program. “Science is expensive these days, so RI-INBRE is the mechanism to help researchers at all the institutions be competitive. And the results have been very impactful.” In the program’s first 18 years, RI-INBRE has supported more than 500 research and training projects involving 151 different faculty members. RI-INBRE also has provided research training to 1,413 undergraduate students, 171 graduate students and 49 postdoctoral fellows. As a result of these efforts, faculty supported by the program have been awarded an additional $72 million in external grants to continue their independent research. “Many of the junior faculty we’ve supported through the years have gone on to be promoted to full professors, and now they’re serving as mentors and scientific consultants in the program,” Cho says. “We’ve built a real community of biomedical researchers in Rhode Island. People at the various colleges who didn’t know each other before are now collaborating on their research.” The establishment of a centralized core research facility on the URI Kingston Campus in 2003 delivered a significant

The Ocean State stands on the cusp of becoming a major player in biomedical research, thanks largely to a network of researchers and a student training program established as part of the Rhode Island IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (RI-INBRE). Funded by the National Institutes of Health with more than $61 million since its inception in 2001, the network was just awarded a five-year, $20 million grant to continue the program in the research disciplines of cancer, neurosciences, and environmental health sciences. Based at the University of Rhode Island’s (URI) College of Pharmacy — in partnership with Brown University, Bryant University, Community College of Rhode Island, Providence College, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University and Salve Regina University — the program is building research capacity by supporting and mentoring early-career faculty development, providing experiential learning opportunities to students, and acquiring and maintaining high-tech equipment for use by all participating researchers. “Our job is to make sure that junior faculty around the state have the basic biomedical research infrastructure available, so they can train the next generation of biomedical scientists and create a pipeline to fill the needs of the

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