Collaborative Research Initiatives

Center for Translational Medicine

The Center for Translational Medicine (CTM) at the University of Montana is a multi-disciplinary research center that assists faculty, staff, and students in the translation of pre-clinical research discoveries from bench to bedside. The Center works across the Montana University System to facilitate the ability of University researchers to better advance the clinical and/or commercial potential of their basic science discoveries. The purpose of the Center for Translational Medicine at the University of Montana is to establish a cross-department and -college multi-disciplinary research center to assist faculty, staff and students in the translation of research ideas from bench to bedside. In this respect, translational research provides an avenue through which basic science discoveries in the biomedical sciences can be "translated" into applicable therapeutics, diagnostics, and/or processes that directly impact health care. In many instances the products/intellectual property of translational research can also be commercialized to the benefit of the University and the regional economy. The Center will work across the Montana University System (MUS) to facilitate the ability of University researchers to better advance the clinical and/or commercial potential of their basic science discoveries. The Center will promote the expansion of educational programs in translational medicine and career development opportunities in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. The Center seeks to strengthen and expand entrepreneurial programs at the University and build a new community to meet challenges and adapt to the changing healthcare/biotech employment and research funding landscape. This new culture and community will prepare students for a career in the biotechnology or health care industry and open doors to new sources of revenue in support of translational research and education in the MUS.

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Montana Institute on Ecosystems

The Institute on Ecosystems (IoE) is a Montana community of scholars and partners with a shared vision to advance integrated environmental sciences and related fields.  We draw on the extraordinary landscapes of Montana and beyond to understand complex ecosystems including the interconnectedness of people and nature.
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Center for Integrated Research on the Environment

The Center for Integrated Research on the Environment (CIRE) is specifically designed and organized to bring world-class research and sustainable management of natural and cultural resources to projects under federal, state, and/or tribal jurisdictions. CIRE directly oversees or has direct access to research laboratories across the University of Montana specializing in water quality analyses, metals analyses, genetics and gene sequencing, soils analyses, wildlife physiology, plant physiology, anthropological and archaeological field-processing and curation, ecological simulation modeling, human environmental health and toxicology, and state-of-the-art GIS, to name but a few.  CIRE can also deploy cutting-edge field equipment in the natural and cultural resources from aircraft and remote sensing imaging equipment (hyperspectral, multispectral, thermal), to 3D LIDAR imaging, to aquatic and terrestrial field instrumentation, boats and field vehicles. Collectively, the CIRE Director and Associate Directors have published well over 1000 peer-reviewed publications in prestigious international journals and books and are world leaders in their respective fields. In addition to the CIRE Management Team, we draw from a broad array of professionals in academia and consulting firms to form an extensive network of colleagues and collaborators worldwide.
Cara Nelson CIRE

Center for Environmental Health Sciences

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. 

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Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience

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.


Center for Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics (CBSD)

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. 

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Montana INBRE

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. 

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