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Joe Martinez (red shirt) with neuroscience laboratory students

UTSA Cajal institute awarded $6.3 million by NIH

(April 18, 2005)--The University of Texas at San Antonio Cajal Neuroscience Institute (CNI), under the leadership of Joe L. Martinez Jr., has been awarded a three-year $6.3 million Research Center in Minority Institution (RCMI) grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The grant funds research projects, the hiring of new neuroscience and cell and molecular biology faculty, equipment and administrative support.

Among the funded projects is a study in proteomics, a new biosciences field that analyzes the proteins in cells, tissues or organisms and could lead to discoveries to prevent brain cancer Another project focuses on the understanding of molecular systems in the brain related to learning, aging, synapse formation and long-term memory.

"The grant will go a long way to improving the research infrastructure at UTSA and support our goal to become a premier research university," said Guy Bailey, UTSA provost and executive vice president.

A portion of the grant will also fund the hiring of additional faculty to support a proposed doctoral degree program in computational biology and a new laser scanning microscope which has become essential in biological laboratories.

Established in 1998, CNI has developed collaborative neuroscience research efforts with South Texas institutions and increased the employment opportunities for minority scientists. Additionally, CNI has provided students and faculty with access to the latest technological advances in neuroscience.

The Cajal Neuroscience Institute, formerly the Cajal Neuroscience Research Center, is one of only three in the world named after Santiago Ramon y Cajal, a Spanish researcher recognized as the founder of neuroscience.

Since its inception, the institute has generated more than $17 million for 29 research projects.

For more information visit the CNI Web site.

--Kris Rodriguez

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2005 CAJAL Neuroscience Institute funded projects

Matthew Gdovin -- Neuroanatomical Properties of Central Respiratory Chemoreceptors

Richard LeBaron -- Integrin Ligands in Synaptic Plasticity

Robert Renthal -- Genetic Determinants of Social Behavior in Ants

Kay Robbins -- Data Analysis and Visualization in Support of Computational Neuroscience

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