The University of Alaska (UA) is attuned to the needs of Alaska's academic and health institutions, government agencies, and workforce. Building upon our past IDeA Network of Biomedical Excellence (INBRE) grants, the third installment of INBRE funding (INBRE 3) plans to strengthen and expand our network for biomedical research and training towards translational perspectives. INBRE 3 will support university-based scholars, who teach one another and their students and a network that links the campuses to the workforce and hospitals of Alaska's cities and villages. Rural and Alaska Native perspectives will be integrated in our statewide biomedical research and academic programs. INBRE 3 has five specific aims:
AIM 1 Expand the multi-disciplinary research and teaching network to support biomedical research expertise, infrastructure, and translational capacity. Alaska INBRE will provide biomedical research and statewide teaching resources to faculty and trainees from campuses at Universities of Alaska in Fairbanks (UAF), Anchorage (UAA), Juneau (UAS), and partner government laboratories, tribal and health organizations. It will also foster state-wide biomedical educational programs, including an undergraduate minor, B.S/M.S. degrees, and graduate certificate in biomedical science.
AIM 2 Support faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students through competitive pilot grants aimed at building our capacity for extramural funding and the development of the basic to translational research endeavors.
AIM 3 Provide undergraduate research opportunities and support the pipeline leading toward biomedical and health careers.
AIM 4 Enhance science and technology knowledge to build the state's workforce. Faculty will work with communities to develop research and education partnerships. Biomedical informatics will be expanded through cyber-infrastructure and serve as a virtual core in collaboration with the consortium of western IDeA states and other institutions.
AIM 5 Enhance biomedical research in the western IDeA states with inter-state pilot grants, student research experiences, scientific meetings and workshops, and a regional resource exchange to maximize the effectiveness of individual INBRE programs through collaboration.