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Montana INBRE

The Montana INBRE Program (IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence) is a five-year award (2009-2014) by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that builds on the previous successes of the first five-year MT INBRE program (2004-2009) and the three-year BRIN (Biomedical Research Infrastructure Networks) program (2001-2004) awarded to Montana State University. Montana INBRE continues to focus on increasing the biomedical research capacity of Montana by building research infrastructure, supporting faculty and student research, and fostering a state-wide collaborative network. The pathogenesis of infectious disease and health issues related to the environment are two of Montana INBRE’s research foci, areas in which the state is strategically positioned to excel. In addition, MT INBRE is expanding its research into the field of health disparities, an area of great relevance to the state. INBRE positions Montana as a leader in biomedical research and significantly increases education, research, and, ultimately, employment opportunities in the state.



INBRE Staff News

We are very pleased to announce that three new staff have joined our program - Ms. Emily Salois, MSC, ACSW, an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe, is our new Community Research Associate, and she will work with faculty and administrators at Blackfeet Community College, Fort Peck Community College, and Salish Kootenai College to develop potential INBRE-funded research projects. Emily was previously employed as a Community Organizer for the Center for Native Health Partnerships, and she also has participated as a community leader and coordinator for an INBRE project awarded to Dr. Patti Holkup (MSU's College of Nursing) as PI that focuses on Historical Trauma and Unresolved Grief: A Culturally Anchored Intervention for American Indians, Blackfeet Nation. Emily brings great awareness, sensitivity, and expertise to the needs of tribal communities and the research that has the potential to be most effective in addressing health disparities in these populations.

We are also pleased to announce that Dr. Sarah Codd, Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MSU, will assume the role of Director of Student Programs August 1st. Dr. Codd has participated in INBRE Student Programs as a Selection Committee Member, and she has been an outstanding mentor to several INBRE undergraduates who have distinguished themselves with numerous prestigious awards, honors, and graduate fellowships. In 2012, Dr. Codd was awarded the Provost's Award for Undergraduate Research/Creativity Mentoring. Her work as a senior researcher in the field of magnetic resonance microscopy gives undergraduates the ability to engage in cutting-edge research. We very much look forward to the energy, excitement, and dedication Dr. Codd will bring to this position, and we know that she will be a tremendous asset to both the INBRE Program and the undergraduate students we serve.

Dr. Codd replaces Dr. Martin Teintze, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at MSU, who has served as the Director of Student Programs over the 12 years of the BRIN/INBRE Program. Dr. Teintze has been a wonderful colleague and advocate for students, and his dedication to our program is deeply appreciated and valued. Dr. Teintze continues as Director of Student Programs through the summer, but his duties as Director of the WWAMI Program at MSU will then require his full attention. We are deeply grateful to Dr. Teintze for the many years he has served BRIN/INBRE, and very appreciative of his efforts to help shape INBRE Student Programs. He will be missed in his position of Director, but we know he will continue to be an outstanding and dedicated mentor for undergraduate students and a colleague we can turn to for advice and counsel when needed.

And, finally, Dr. Julie Baldwin, Professor in the Department of Community and Family Health in the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida, has joined our group as a consultant in developing health disparities research. Dr. Baldwin's research specializations include HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse Prevention, Native American Populations, and Community-based Participatory Research. Her research has focused on both infectious and chronic disease prevention targeting children, adolescents, and families. She has been PI or Co-PI of several federally funded projects from agencies such as the CDC, NIMH, NIAAA, NIDA, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and HRSA/AMERSA-SAMHSA/CSAT. Dr. Baldwin also has served on several NIH review panels, including two standing committees: the Behavioral and Social Consequences of HIV/AIDS and the Community Influences on Health Behavior. An enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Dr. Baldwin has made a life-long commitment to serving communities of color and to advocating for culturally competent health promotion/disease prevention programs. We are very excited about working with Dr. Baldwin in the coming years and confident that her expertise will be a major asset to our program. We deeply appreciate her enthusiasm for and commitment to working with INBRE.

As we enter the 12th year of the INBRE Program, we are positioned well to continue to develop the research infrastructure, research focus areas, faculty expertise, and student pipeline across our statewide network. A sincere thank you to all who have been a part of this effort.