Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFU) and one of its prominent researchers have both been awarded grants that will enhance the research opportunities and reach of the biopharma ecosystem in Northern Illinois.
The first grant, a $2 million matching grant, was awarded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. These funds, paired with $2 million from RFU, will allow the university to complete the buildout of industry facility space in the Innovation and Research Park. The grant funds are part of the state’s Wet Lab Capital Program and will help the University develop state-of-the-art wet lab space to help further support collaboration with industry partners.
The second grant, a $1.95 million grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH), was awarded to RFU researcher William Frost, PhD to study how the brain develops and sustains focus when responding to novel stimuli. The goal of the study is to gain insights to help treat or prevent declines in cognitive function and aging disease.
Frost is the current Director of the Stanson Toshok Center for Brain Function and Repair within the University’s Brain Science Institute. He was previously awarded a three-year, $600,000 NIH Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) subcontract to create the first transgenic mollusc model for neuroscience research.
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