Mason Helps Create Virginia Bioinformatics Consortium

Posted: July 18, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason University has joined the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia Tech to create the Virginia Bioinformatics Consortium, a collaborative effort to promote bioinformatic infrastructure and research statewide.

“The consortium is a commitment among the four universities to work together to foster collaborative research in bioinformatics,” says Curt Jamison, a professor in the School of Computational Sciences who leads George Mason’s research efforts in the consortium. The group will identify individual objectives for each of its member schools, he explains, while promoting the goals of the consortium. These goals include improving information flow between the universities to share research, skills, and strengths, and combining resources to make Virginia a leading contender for additional federal and private research funding.

A recent award of $1.5 million from the Commonwealth Technology Research Fund provides initial funding for the consortium. The fund was established in 2000 by Gov. James Gilmore to provide seed money to Virginia’s colleges and universities to develop nationally recognized research programs.

For the full story, view the press release on George Mason’s new Media web site.

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