OK-INBRE is a grant awarded by the National Institutes of Health Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Program. The Network is diverse, comprising two lead institutions whose primary missions are biomedical research, education and patient care, and twelve collaborating institutions. OK-INBRE builds State capacity to carry out biomedical research by supporting promising new faculty, recruiting students into biomedical research careers, and sustaining vital core facilities.
The scientific themes of OK-INBRE are multi-disciplinary, targeting the fields of Microbiology & Immunology, Cancer, and Developmental Biology. This thematic focus is closely linked with the strategic research plans of the two lead biomedical research-intensive institutions. Support for students is provided by summer internships, participation in the faculty research projects and enrollment in new educational programs in bioinformatics and genomics. The primary core facilities are focused on functional genomics. An integrated network of bioinformatics facilities dedicated to supporting research in functional genomics is supported, as well as the development of a new core facility whose centerpiece is a functional magnetic resonance imager (MRI) devoted exclusively to animal research to support statewide research in cancer and neuroscience.