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Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Neuroscience ~ 2014 Annual Report

Rodney Parsons, Ph.D., Director

The Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) in Neuroscience was created in 2001 by a grant from the NIH National Center of Research Resources to enhance neuroscience research and training infrastructure at the University of Vermont.

This grant supported the creation of two multi-user research cores: an Imaging/ Physiology Core, which provides access to sophisticated imaging equipment dedicated to live imaging, and a Cell/Molecular Core, which provides personnel and access to sophisticated equipment required to complete cellular and molecular biology experiments.

The Neuroscience COBRE also created a Translational Core to facilitate interactions between clinical and basic neuroscientists and supported a summer undergraduate research program. During the first ten years of funding, the Neuroscience COBRE supported nine multi-year research projects and eight pilot projects for junior investigators. In 2011, five additional years of NIH support for the Neuroscience COBRE Center was obtained. This transitional COBRE grant provides continued support for the research cores created in the first ten years of COBRE funding and over the first three years, supported four one-year Pilot Projects in the areas of stroke and neurovascular interactions or neural regulation of autonomic nervous system development, function and disorders.

A highlight of the past year is the acquisition of a Yokogawa Spinning Disk confocal microscopy system, which was purchased through the award of a $525,000 NIH Shared Instrument grant. This new confocal imaging system will be housed in the COBRE Imaging Facility located in the Given Building. In sum, the Neuroscience COBRE supports research cores that broaden faculty research capabilities and access to these core facilities has significantly increased the competitiveness of neuroscience faculty for extramural funding.

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