Colorado State University - Pueblo earns $300,000+ NIH grant for medical research

Colorado State University - Pueblo earns $300,000+ NIH grant for medical research

PUEBLO – Graduate and undergraduate student research at Colorado State University-Pueblo has received a significant boost thanks to a three-year, $300,000+ Academic Research Enhancement Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that will seek a better understanding of the biochemical events that lead to brain damage following stroke and investigate new therapies for stroke patients. 

The $303,826 award was granted to the project Modulation of Monocarboxylic Acid Transporter Kinetic Function for Stroke Therapy submitted by Dr. Jeff Smith, assistant professor of biology, for three years of research.  The award is particularly significant because of the highly competitive peer review process required by the NIH – specifically the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). 

“Besides having an opportunity to contribute to possible therapies for stroke patients, I am equally pleased that the funds will support our master's degree and undergraduate research students who we are training as the next generation of medical researchers,” Smith said.

The award is a perfect fit for the teacher-scholar model followed by faculty at CSU-Pueblo, which includes the engagement of undergraduate students in leading edge hands-on research as a key element of their educational experience.

Smith said the research will be accomplished in a student-centered environment with undergraduate and graduate students making significant contributions both in the research laboratory and in the classroom. Because CSU-Pueblo is the state’s only federally recognized Hispanic serving university in Colorado, the proposed research will have a major impact on building capacity for minority student access to medical research in the region.

“The grant will strengthen the research abilities of our institution and expose a large group of diverse students to biometrically relevant and important research,” he said.

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