The National Institutes of Health wants to make the process of finding new drugs faster and better. The effort will help all 27 of its research institutes and centers. So, the nation's medical research agency awarded Tudor Oprea, MD, PhD, a two-year $4.9 million grant to develop a tool scientists can use to link information about drugs, diseases and genes.
The effort is so large that the NIH divided it into different parts. Oprea will oversee the entire project. Larry Sklar, PhD, will develop the Administrative Core for the IDG-KMC and Anton Simeonov, PhD, will develop the User Interface Portal. "The 27 [NIH] institutes support this initiative because they recognize that everyone needs to work on new drug targets," Oprea says. "If this is the bottleneck, how do we prioritize it?"
Oprea's new project, called the "Illuminating the Druggable Genome Knowledge Management Center," or IDG-KMC, will improve the way scientists manage and share what they know. The IDG-KMC will link known facts about drug molecules, the genes and cellular pathways they influence and the diseases on which they have been tested. Read more (UNM Cancer Center press release).
CDC's Toby Merlin to give keynote
The keynote speaker for the Department of Pathology's 50th Anniversary Keynote Seminar will be Toby Merlin, MD, director of the Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infections in the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Disease at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, GA. The address will be at 3:30 p.m., Oct. 9 in Room 1220, Domenici Auditorium. Read more.
There is only one week left to nominate a School of Medicine Staff member for the 2014 Dean's Staff Award. Please take a moment to nominate someone who makes a difference to and for you, our students, our patients, coworkers, and faculty.
Nominees must have made significant contributions to the University through innovative ideas or action resulting in quality improvements, reduced cost, or wider acceptance of university operations.
Winners will be announced on Oct. 24, 2104. Ten recipients will be honored at a luncheon on Nov. 6 hosted by Paul Roth, MD, Dean of the School of Medicine and Chancellor of the UNM Health Sciences Center. Winners will receive a plaque and a monetary award of $1,000.