Establish a multi-disciplinary research network with a thematic scientific focus. The intent is to build and strengthen the lead and partner institutions’ biomedical research capacity. Under the guidance of three senior investigators, junior investigators from throughout the network will explore the cellular basis of immunological and neurological diseases from the viewpoint of immunology, cell and molecular biology, and developmental biology. With their combined expertise, a strong multidisciplinary approach to the fundamental theme will be developed.
Build research capacity by supporting junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students throughout the network. A cadre of junior faculty from the lead and the participating baccalaureate institutions will receive INBRE support adequate for a rigorous research program. In addition, community college faculty will be provided support needed to conduct independent research projects in collaboration with lead institution mentors. All researchers are expected to recruit and train postdoctoral fellows and graduate students as a fundamental component of their research program.
Provide research opportunities for undergraduate students. All researchers are expected to recruit undergraduate students into their research programs. This commitment is an explicit aspect of the Outreach Core activities. A corollary goal is to develop a pipeline for undergraduates into research careers. Thus, network faculty will mentor attentively all undergraduates participating in their programs.
Provide outreach activities to undergraduate institutions and community colleges. Through the Outreach Core, interested faculty at Brigham Young University ? Hawaii and the University of Hawaii’s community colleges may participate in research collaboratively with senior partners, primarily at the lead institution. Under this arrangement, they agree formally to recruit and to mentor undergraduates in their research PROGRAMS and to organize seminars and other events supporting INBRE’s outreach mission.
Enhance the science and technology knowledge of Hawaii’s workforce. INBRE seeks to introduce numerous undergraduate and graduate students to high-quality biomedical research projects. Through the extensive mentoring program, they will develop an appreciation for competitive biomedical research ? its excitement and its challenges. Moreover, to increase student exposure to bioinformatics, the Core will be housed in the lead institution’s Department of Information and Computer Sciences.