August 13, 2009

Stimulus Funding For Future Biomedical Researcher

Drs. Gayle Slaughter, assistant dean of graduate education in the graduate school of biomedical sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, and Michael J. Friedlander, chair of the department of neuroscience and director of neuroscience initiatives at BCM, were awarded National Institute of General Medical Sciences' funding from the National Institutes of Health through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The two awards, $240,969 and $136,816 respectively, will be used over the next two year to support training and recruitment of new students and faculty.  

Part of the funds used in Slaughter's program will go toward hiring a computer scientist to develop engaging, interactive material to add to lectures and other assignments in courses postdoctoral students will develop.

"These lectures are used in undergraduate campuses across the nation," Slaughter said. "We are targeting those who will become future researchers or physicians."

Friedlander's group will use the funds to fill four additional training slots for new students in the Neuroscience graduate program over the next two years. This is in addition to six other slots made available through NIH funding.

"The stimulus funds provided support for the future of biomedical scientific discovery focusing on brain research," Friedlander said. "These students will go on to contribute over their careers, developing new cures and treatments for disorders like Alzheimer's disease and depression."

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was signed into law Feb. 17, 2009. The funds are intended to stimulate the economy by providing opportunities to help create or maintain American jobs, while advancing research.