NIH money will go toward recruiting and training scientists.

Clemson University received a $9.3 million, five-year NIH grant to establish a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) for Tissue Regeneration. Faculty from the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina will also collaborate, providing expertise in medicine and developmental biology.

“This new Clemson COBRE will significantly improve our collaborative efforts in South Carolina to recruit, train, and retain researchers with cross-disciplinary skills in the area of regenerative medicine,” according to Clemson University president, James F. Barker.

Additionally, points out Naren Vyavahare, Hunter Endowed chair and professor of bioengineering, “the center’s research focus will be on tissue regeneration through cell biomaterials’ interactions with the goal of restoring functional tissues.” Vyavahare will also act as principal investigator and the center’s director.

COBRE is funded by the NIH National Center for Research Resources Institutional Development Award program. The effort aims to increase the number of NIH-funded biomedical researchers in the nation and to strengthen the biomedical research capacity of individual universities. The goal is to create worldclass core facilities and to provide funding and mentoring for early career investigators.

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