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Benedict College joins biomedical research program

Staff Report //September 11, 2020//

Benedict College joins biomedical research program

Staff Report //September 11, 2020//

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Benedict College will receive a share of $18.9 million awarded by the National Institutes of Health through the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for the renewal of the South Carolina IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence.

The grant, which will fund the program for five years, is the fourth renewal of the program supporting biomedical research and infrastructure in South Carolina.

Roslyn Clark Artis, Benedict College president, congratulated principal investigator and biology professor Samir Raychoudhury for his work in Benedict’s Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Health Science in a news release.

The SC INBRE program now has 14 statewide member institutions, two outreach institutions and two alumni institutions. Member and outreach/alumni institutions incorporate South Carolina’s three comprehensive research universities and 15 primarily undergraduate Institutions, including three HBCUs.

The program is administered at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia.

“Our mission is to provide high-quality biomedical research mentoring to our undergraduate students who are interested in graduate or professional studies in biomedical sciences,” Raychoudhury said in the release. “We plan to use the funding to make upgrades to our existing animal care facility. The proposed renovation will keep the facility in compliance with the USDA and NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare. Our facility is the only HBCU in the state with USDA certification and OLAW assurance.” 

Other member institutions include comprehensive research universities Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina, along with primarily undergraduate institutions including Coastal Carolina University, the College of Charleston, Francis Marion University, Furman University and the University of South Carolina Aiken. Columbia College and the University of South Carolina Upstate join Benedict as new primarily undergraduate institution members, while The Citadel is a new program outreach institution.