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Rep. Butterfield delivers $387,544 to ECSU
Kesha Williams
August 20, 2012

Rep. Butterfield delivers $387,544 to ECSU U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (right) delivers a check to Elizabeth City State University on behalf of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Butterfield delivered the check to ECSU Chancellor Willie. J. Gilchrist (left) and Dr. Kassim Traore (center). Traore, the chair of the Department of Pharmacy and Health Professions, at Elizabeth City State University, received the research grant valued at $387,544 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS).

The grant funds will be used over the next three years to support Traore’s biomedical research projects. Traore plans to involve more ECSU students in the research projects and thereby increase in the number of young and bright minority individuals involved in biomedical research.

The mission of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) is to support research that increases understanding of life processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention. NIGMS-funded researchers seek to answer important scientific questions in fields such as cell biology, biophysics, genetics, developmental biology, pharmacology, physiology, biological chemistry, biomedical technology, bioinformatics, computational biology, selected aspects of the behavioral sciences and specific cross-cutting clinical areas that affect multiple organ systems. To assure the vitality and continued productivity of the research enterprise, NIGMS also provides leadership in training the next generation of scientists as well as in developing and increasing the diversity of the scientific workforce.