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In order to obtain more government funding, we have a critical need for seed funding which will allow DORI investigators to pursue innovative and multi-disciplinary research. Any investment that we would get in seed grants would yield an enormous return in further funding and scientific advancement.
In light of the budget difficulties at the National Institutes of Health, many of our highly successful faculty members will have temporary gaps in funding for their research projects. Bridge funding helps to sustain momentum in their labs for potentially life-saving research.
Faculty at the DORI are encouraged to abandon traditional research silos and work collaboratively to investigate solutions to diabetes and obesity from a variety of perspectives. It is a common sight to walk into a conference room and see a physician, geneticist, neurobiologist, and biophysicist discussing a research problem over coffee. We hope to recruit world-class senior scientists and promising junior faculty members to add their voices to our collaborative conversations and multi-disciplinary teams.