“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.

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