Collaborative Research Initiatives
The primary research mission of the Center for Environmental Health Sciences is to advance knowledge of environmental impacts on human health. The Center brings together a critical mass of researchers to investigate mechanisms of pulmonary and cardiovascular diseases, immune and autoimmune disorders, developmental defects, neurodegenerative diseases, genetic susceptibility, and the impacts that environmental factors have in causing or exacerbating these conditions.
The mission of the Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience is to foster multidisciplinary research and training at the interface of molecular neurophysiology, cellular neurobiology, and molecular neuropharmacology. A diverse group of faculty representing synthetic chemists, molecular biologists, physiologists, and clinicians form a dynamic and collaborative neuroscience research group.
The Center for Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics applies the methods and concepts of biophysics, structural biology and mathematics to understand the mechanistic basis of biological processes in health and disease. CBSD faculty are drawn from the basic and biomedical sciences campus-wide, and fosters biophysically informed research throughout the University of Montana (UM) research community.
The Montana INBRE Program (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) is a five-year award (2014-2019) by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that builds on the successes of previous MT INBRE and BRIN (Biomedical Research Infrastructure Networks) programs. Montana INBRE continues to focus on increasing the biomedical research capacity of Montana by building research infrastructure, supporting faculty and student research, and fostering a state-wide collaborative network. Long-term MT INBRE research foci include pathogenesis of infectious disease and health issues related to the environment, with an expanding emphasis on health disparities.