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November 6, 2015
NIGMS Director Tours IDeA Site With West Virginia Senator

Visiting a WVU laboratory are (from l) NIGMS director Dr. Jon Lorsch; Dr. William Petros, interim director of the WVU Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center; Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV); and Dr. Elena Pugacheva, assistant professor of microbiology at WVU.

NIGMS director Dr. Jon Lorsch recently joined U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and scientists from West Virginia University (WVU) and Marshall University to discuss biomedical research in West Virginia. Much of this work is supported by NIGMS’s Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program, which builds research capacity by supporting basic, clinical and translational research, faculty development and infrastructure improvements in states that historically have had low levels of NIH funding.

West Virginia is one of 23 states plus Puerto Rico to receive IDeA program funding. Among the research areas that a network of universities in the state are focusing on are the detection and treatment of cancer and the causes and effects of stroke.

In addition to tours of research centers, the visit featured talks by IDeA-supported scientists and students. “I was extremely impressed with what I saw, particularly the cooperation among institutions,” said Lorsch. “This leverages taxpayer funds for biomedical research and should serve as a model for research happening across the country.”

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