UTEP, TTUHSC strengthen partnership for health research and education

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The University of Texas at El Paso and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso recently announced a series of new initiatives to strengthen collaboration and expand health research involving faculty at both universities.

a man sitting at a desk and using a laptop computer: UTEP's Dr. Suman Sirimulla, professor of Medicinal Chemistry, is working on a cure for COVID-19 from his lab.

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UTEP’s Dr. Suman Sirimulla, professor of Medicinal Chemistry, is working on a cure for COVID-19 from his lab.

These efforts will leverage the success of joint projects that have already taken place, including some that address the COVID-19 pandemic. They are also the direct product of a commitment made several months ago by both institutions to make it easier for our researchers and students to work together.


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One important component of this new phase of our partnership is a seed grant program designed to spur major research in areas such as drug therapies, cancer prevention and health disparities. Under this program, each institution will contribute up to $100,000 over the next two years. UTEP and TTUHSC El Paso will review and select collaborative proposals from faculty seeking support for joint research projects that will seek external funding. Seed projects will be funded up to $25,000 per team of UTEP and TTUHSC El Paso faculty.

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The latest phase of the collaboration also includes the creation of a joint task force to catalog and increase opportunities for shared use of expensive research equipment and facilities at both institutions. While researchers at both institutions have shared equipment in a more organic manner for some time, the formalization of this process benefits future projects by creating a shared inventory so faculty can identify equipment that’s easily accessible at both institutions.

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