U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (right) delivers a check to Elizabeth City State University
on behalf of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Butterfield delivered
the check to ECSU Chancellor Willie. J. Gilchrist (left) and Dr. Kassim Traore (center).
Traore, the chair of the Department of Pharmacy and Health Professions, at Elizabeth
City State University, received the research grant valued at $387,544 from the National
Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS).
The grant funds will be used over the next three years to support Traore's biomedical
research projects. Traore plans to involve more ECSU students in the research projects
and thereby increase in the number of young and bright minority individuals involved
in biomedical research.
The mission of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) is to support
research that increases understanding of life processes and lays the foundation for
advances in disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention. NIGMS-funded researchers
seek to answer important scientific questions in fields such as cell biology, biophysics,
genetics, developmental biology, pharmacology, physiology, biological chemistry, biomedical
technology, bioinformatics, computational biology, selected aspects of the behavioral
sciences and specific cross-cutting clinical areas that affect multiple organ systems.
To assure the vitality and continued productivity of the research enterprise, NIGMS
also provides leadership in training the next generation of scientists as well as
in developing and increasing the diversity of the scientific workforce.