To form a vibrant consortium that strengthens biomedical research activities throughout the Mountain West by leveraging each other's activities.
Background and Goals:
The MWRC was founded in March 2009, at a meeting in Albuquerque, hosted by the University of New Mexico. This meeting was attended by over 20 administrators and scientists from each of the Western IDeA states (except Hawai'i which joined the consortium later), over 30 administrators and scientists from the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, and by Dr. Sidney McNairy (Director, Division of Research Resources) and Dr. Yanping Liu (Health Scientist Administrator) from NCRR. The primary outcome of the meeting was the unanimous agreement to pursue the formation of a consortium for the advancement of clinical and translational science in the Western IDeA states. The consortium members the produced a Mission Statement, a list of Strategic Objectives, an Action Plan defining the mission of the consortium and way forward, a Steering Committee made up of INBRE and COBRE PIs and other institutional representatives, and an Executive Advisory Committee made up of Vice President level administrators (who will be the Internal Advisory Committee for the CTR-IN). A Memo of Understanding was endorsed by officials from each institution agreeing to:
- Participate in a system of governance with the Executive and Steering Committees described above;
- Establish research infrastructure support mechanisms to share and leverage resources;
- Develop pilot fund programs to stimulate collaboration between basic and clinical scientists and provide funding opportunities for junior faculty across the MWRC;
- Develop collaborations based on disease and clinical content areas with special consideration of unique populations and environment in the Mountain West region;
- Develop websites, databases and other collaborative tools to support the work of the MWRC.