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    Morehouse School of Medicine Named Member of New $7.5 Million NIH Research Consortium The “eagle-i Consortium” Will Enhance Collaboration across the Country

    ATLANTA, Nov. 2, 2009 - Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) has been selected as one of nine research institutions across the U.S. participating in a $7.5 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) - part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - to create a "resource discovery network" known as the eagle-i Consortium.

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    Contact: Cherie A. Richardson / 404-752-1917 / crichardson@msm.edu

    ATLANTA, Nov. 2, 2009 - Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) has been selected as one of nine research institutions across the U.S. participating in a $7.5 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) - part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - to create a "resource discovery network" known as the eagle-i Consortium.

    The research inventories from the nine participating sites will be published online and connected to a federated, searchable network. As a result, the eagle-i Consortium will enable biomedical scientists and students throughout the country to connect, collaborate, share and search scientific advances better and faster - thus helping to accelerate biomedical research.

    Eve Higginbotham, M.D., MSM dean and senior vice president for Academic Affairs says one of the focuses of the network is to help advance MSM's critical mission. "Minority-serving academic health centers such as MSM are strategically poised to make important scientific contributions that address the devastating problem of racial and ethnic disparities of health in the U.S. This program will enable MSM investigators to establish, collaborate and share research discoveries that translate into improvements in the health status of the minority communities they serve."

    The Consortium will collect information about the resources - initially, animal models, reagents, tissue banks, core laboratories, human health study protocols, and student research opportunities - available at each of the nine participating institutions. Presently, this cannot be done because the information is not systematically cataloged or made visible to researchers outside of the labs or institutions where the resources are located. The network will be built such that resource inventories from additional sites can be added over time.

    The National Center for Research Resources, a part of NIH, provides laboratory scientists and clinical researchers with the resources and training they need to understand, detect, treat and prevent a wide range of diseases. NCRR supports all aspects of translational and clinical research, connecting researchers, patients and communities across the nation.


    Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), located in Atlanta, Georgia, was founded in 1975 as the Medical Education Program at Morehouse College. In 1981 Morehouse School of Medicine became an independently chartered institution and the first minority medical school established at a Historically Black College and University in the 20th century. MSM is among the nation's leading educators of primary care physicians. Our faculty and alumni are noted in their fields for excellence in teaching, research and public policy, and are known in the community for exceptional, culturally appropriate patient care. For more information about Morehouse School of Medicine, visit us online at www.msm.edu.

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