The Idaho INBRE Administrative Core, led by Dr. Carolyn Hovde Bohach, Principal Investigator/Program Director, provides the “face’’ of INBRE in Idaho and articulates the NIH vision to bring research excellence and rigor to institutions across the state. It provides logistical support for the Network by facilitating systematic communication among investigators, providing training and mentoring for faculty and students, overseeing research activities, and assuring investigator access to state-of-the-art research facilities. The Administrative Core coordinates a Bioinformatics Core, a faculty Developmental Research Project Program (DRPP), and a Student Program.
The statewide Steering Committee establishes policies and operating procedures of the Idaho INBRE Network. It oversees the management of the network, identifies best practices, approves investigators and Scientific Mentors/Advisors in the Developmental Research Project Program, gives constructive review, and adjusts the evaluation plan. The committee also addresses the career-building needs of Idaho research faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate students. The 19-member Steering Committee is chaired by Dr. Carolyn Hovde Bohach and includes representatives from each institution.
The External Advisory Committee (EAC) provides scientific expertise in Cell Signaling, advice to the Steering Committee and Director on administrative matters, and monitors the effectiveness of the Idaho Network to increase research competitiveness in Idaho. The members were selected for their outstanding scientific expertise, experience with mentoring, grantsmanship, expertise in building sustainable research programs, and knowledge of the research/workforce climate of Idaho.
The Developmental Research Project Program (DRPP) selects and supports the most promising and meritorious biomedical research in the Idaho INBRE scientific theme of Cell Signaling. The goal is to augment and strengthen the Network by providing research opportunities to faculty and students and requiring standards for research excellence. The DRPP also expands research capacity through regional and investigator-responsive initiatives. Foremost of these is the Regional Alliance of INBRE Networks (RAIN) that has been developed to share established programs and infrastructure with Idaho, Montana, and New Mexico.
The Bioinformatics Core integrates cyberinfrastructure tools and resources, bioinformatics/biostatistical consulting, and bioinformatics training. It supports computationally-intensive research under the broad Cell Signaling scientific theme. Facilities are physically located at the University of Idaho, Idaho State University, and Boise State University and are open to the entire INBRE Network. A Bioinformatics Committee with representatives from all INBRE partner institutions guides Core use and educational resources.
The Student Program provides a broad continuum of research opportunities, in both academic and industrial settings, to generate and enhance a skilled, diverse workforce for Idaho. A series of interlocking progressively-intense student research experiences involves all 11 Network institutions and comprises a ‘pipeline to health research careers’ starting from K-12 through post-doctoral and medical student training. Central to the Student Program is mentoring and career advising. Our programs allow any student in Idaho who has an interest in and a talent for biomedical research to find an opportunity to pursue research in Idaho.