U of Arkansas protein center nets $5.4 M in NIH grants

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The University of Arkansas Center for Protein Structure and Function will receive more than $5.4 million over the next five years from the National Institutes of Health to continue biomedical research in cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, flu and other diseases and conditions.

The researchers examining these proteins use five core facilities, and the new funds will help expand the core facilities, according to the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. These include the nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy facility directed by James F. Hinton, PhD; the x-ray crystallography facility headed by Joshua Sakon, PhD; the mass spectrometry facility headed by Jackson Lay, PhD, and Alan Tackett, PhD; the chemical synthesis facility headed by Robert Gawley, PhD; and the large-scale protein production facility directed by Ralph L. Henry, PhD.

The money also will provide start-up funds to scientists with innovative ideas for new research projects, added the university.