The UNM Health Sciences Center will receive in excess of $450,000 a year as a participant in the New Mexico Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (NM-INBRE) project through a $3.3 million National Science Foundation grant secured by U.S. Senator Pete Domenici.

The purpose of the NM-INBRE is to strengthen the opportunities for biomedical research in New Mexico's educational institutions.  UNM participates in the project along with New Mexico State University, Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and New Mexico Highlands University. 

Domenici worked directly to establish the National Center for Genome Resources in Santa Fe, which opened the door for more biomedical research opportunities.  The Genome Center will also partner in the project.

"The biomedical field requires continued research and development.  It is crucial that New Mexico takes part in the efforts to promote the development of tools and information to increase our knowledge in this area," said Domenici.  "I'm pleased that effort to boost biomedical recruiting will also foster collaboration and communication between institutions which will enrich the work of New Mexico faculty and students. "

Domenici is a member of the VA-HUD-Independent Agencies Subcommittee that funds the National Science Foundation.

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