LCSC is part of INBRE grant
Lewis-Clark State College is among nine Idaho universities and colleges and the Boise VA Medical Center that will share a $16.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue efforts to enhance the state’s biomedical research.
LCSC President Dene K. Thomas joined LCSC Natural Science instructor Jane Finan and officials from the University of Idaho, Idaho State University, Boise State University, North Idaho College, Lewis-Clark State College, The College of Idaho, Northwest Nazarene University, College of Southern Idaho and Brigham Young University – Idaho at a celebration of the award at the Boise VA Medical Center Tuesday.
The renewal grant to the Idaho IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence, or INBRE, supports undergraduate, graduate and faculty research and other statewide efforts. The grant is the third major award for the network founded in 2001 and brings the total federal investment to $40 million.
The first round of NIH INBRE funding from 2004-2009, brought $845,000 to the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at LCSC. INBRE funds have transformed the chemistry and biology laboratories at LCSC. Antiquated scientific instrumentation has been replaced with modern equipment. INBRE funding has helped meet the increased demands on equipment and supplies that resulted from significant enrollment increases in biology and chemistry laboratory classes.
INBRE funds have been used to support undergraduate research, K-12 science outreach, and curriculum development. LCSC undergraduate students have been or are involved in research projects and have presented their research findings at regional and national meetings. These research experiences have paved the way for admission to excellent graduate and professional programs.
The expansion of the LCSC Science Outreach program, which was funded by INBRE, has strengthened partnerships between area schools and LCSC. With the support of INBRE funds, numerous new courses, including Epidemiology, Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology, and Biochemistry Laboratory, have been developed and added to the curriculum.
The second round of INBRE money totals $400,000 over the next five years at LCSC. This funding will be used to continue the efforts that began with INBRE-1. Specifically, the funding will be used to purchase equipment, support undergraduate research, science outreach, and curriculum development.