Infrastructure Grants

The research capacity at the John A. Burns School of Medicine has benefited from large investments from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a federal funding agency, through infrastructure-building grants. Active infrastructure grants awarded to our medical school include the following:

-Institute for Biogenesis Research COBRE (Phase III)
-Hawaii Statewide Research and Education Partnership (IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence -INBRE IV)
-COBRE-Diabetes (Phase I)
-COBRE III: Center for Cardiovascular Research
-Pacific Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases Research (COBRE Phase III)

Led by W. Steven Ward, PhD, the Institute for Biogenesis Research focuses on reproductive and developmental biology with an emphasis on assisted reproductive techniques. The long-term goal is to develop the IBR into a world-renowned institute in reproductive biology.

Led by Robert A. Nichols, PhD, the Hawaii Statewide Research and Education Partnership (INBRE) provides biomedical research and education opportunities to Hawaii’s undergraduate students to expand and strengthen the pipeline of Hawaii’s biomedical workforce and research scientists to improve health and well-being in the state.

Led by Mariana Gerschenson, PhD, the Diabetes Research Center has assembled a team of scientists and physicians to study diabetes and pre-diabetes with a focus on Hawaii’s multi-ethnic population.

Led by Jerris Hedges, MD, MS, MMM and Noreen Mokuau, PhD, Ola HAWAII will support multidisciplinary teams of investigators and community collaborators as they conduct basic biomedical, behavioral and clinical research on the causes of health disparities and the most effective solutions to reduce those disparities among the underserved, multiethnic populations in Hawaii.

Led by Ralph Shohet, MD, research at the Center for Cardiovascular Research addresses cardiovascular disease using models of cardiovascular stress that are pertinent to clinical disease. The long-term goal is to contribute to the cadre of skilled researchers whose studies will ultimately contribute to reduction of cardiovascular health disparities in diverse ethnic groups in Hawaii, particularly Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.

Led by Richard Yanagihara, MD, MPH, the Pacific Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases Research conducts research and training in new, emerging and re-emerging microbial threats of regional concern and global importance, with the long-term goal to solidify the critical mass of investigators for this high-priority research area by recruiting more tenure-track faculty in tropical infectious diseases.

We thank NIH for funding these infrastructure grants previously which have built important capacity from which we continue to benefit.

The Center for Native and Pacific Health Disparities Research (NIMHD Exploratory Centers of Excellence)

RMATRIX-II (NIMHD Research Centers in Minority Institutions Infrastructure for Clinical and Translational Research