"The goal of the IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) is to increase the National Institute of Health (NIH) research capacity of the state by programmatic expansion and networking of research activities of faculty and students at academic institutions throughout the state." For more information, visit the SC-INBRE website at http://www.scepscoridea.org/inbre.
Funded by the NIH National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) and Winthrop University Improving citizens' health represents a major need for South Carolina. The state ranks fifth in the nation for stroke deaths, third in cardiovascular disease (CVD) deaths, and seventh in ischemic heart disease deaths. South Carolina also has some of the highest cancer rates in the nation, ranking in the top 10 nationwide for five to 10 different types of cancer with perhaps the highest prostate cancer mortality rate of any state. Particularly hard-hit are African American South Carolinians, for whom CVD illnesses result in ten years of lost life and for whom prostate and lung cancer incidences are 50 to 60 percent higher than national averages. In recognition of these major human health concerns and as South Carolina’s second largest primarily undergraduate institution (PUI), Winthrop University is planning to establish a nationally distinctive biomedical research program. Over the next five years, Winthrop University will receive nearly $ 2.4 million from the National Institutes of Health and invest a similar amount to make major progress toward attainment of this strategic goal.
Key elements of the proposed multidisciplinary biomedical research program include: