Federal grant to boost Michigan proteomics group

Oct. 29, 2003 — A National Institutes of Health (NIH) branch will give nearly $12 million over five years to the Michigan Proteome Consortium to expand its research and development and boost the group’s stature in the emerging life sciences field, according to a news release.


The grant from NIH’s National Center for Research Resources was awarded to Philip Andrews, director of the statewide network of scientists and research facilities at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University and Van Andel Research Institute. The consortium was created in 2001 with $13.7 million from the Michigan Life Sciences Corridor to provide services to industry and academia, the release said.


Proteomics, the study of the protein molecules that do the work of living cells, could lead to early detection of diseases and offer greater understanding of how cells change as they age or respond to chemicals. The field requires sensitive and expensive equipment, and the grant will allow the consortium to develop new mapping technologies as well as improved software and computational tools, Andrews said in the release.


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