USD Shares $20 Million Medical Research Grant

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota joins eight other institutions sharing a $20 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to further medical research in four central states.

“This project has a very worthy goal: to develop and guide clinical and translational research across the northern Great Plains,” said Dr. Mary Nettleman, dean of the USD Sanford School of Medicine. “Simply put, this will help turn scientific discoveries into actions that directly benefit people of the region.”

Funding is provided through the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program and the NIH's National Institute of General Medical Studies. The grant will create the Great Plains IDeA-CTR Network, a collaboration involving nine institutions in four states – Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Kansas.

“USD researchers will have the opportunity to participate in the two major programs that the grant will support, the pilot projects and the scholars program,” said Robin Miskimins, associate dean for research of SSOM. “The pilot projects will focus on ways to take basic research findings and develop medical treatment and practice. The scholars program will allow us to add and train more researchers.”

In addition to USD, the funding includes the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska at Omaha, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Boys Town National Research Hospital, University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, and the University of Kansas Medical Center.

The grant will focus on learning the best ways to approach diseases of aging and brain health, said Dr. Matthew Rizzo, principal investigator and chair of neurological sciences at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine.


USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.