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Goldsmith named SC INBRE Program Director

Edie Goldsmith

The South Carolina IDeA Networks for Biomedical Research Excellence (SC INBRE) Program recently announced Dr. Edie Goldsmith, a faculty member at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, as its new Program Director, effective July 1, 2017.

The SC INBRE Program is a five-year, $18.2 million grant program funded by the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). Grant funds are administered through the University of South Carolina and go to financially supporting biomedical research throughout the State of South Carolina at SC INBRE’s 13 network institutions and four outreach institutions.

Goldsmith is a professor in the Department of Cell Biology & Anatomy and Director of the Biomedical Science Graduate Director at the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Medicine in Columbia. Goldsmith has served as SC INBRE’s program coordinator since 2012. She previously served as director of the SC INBRE Postdoctoral Academic Career Development (PACD) Program.

Goldsmith replaces Dr. Lucia Pirisi-Creek, USC School of Medicine professor in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology, who stepped down from program director to program coordinator. Pirisi-Creek served as SC INBRE’s program director from 2006 and oversaw the program through two competitive renewals.

“SC INBRE is very appreciative of Lucia’s many years of service with the program. This is a great opportunity for me to further the work done by Lucia and others and advance the mission and goals of the program,” said Goldsmith.

Says Pirisi-Creek, “Stepping down to the role of program coordinator will allow me more time to pursue a new research direction. I am very excited about Edie’s role as program director. I know that she will do a great job as we begin the process of writing our next renewal, and take the program well into the future.”

The Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program broadens the geographic distribution of NIH funding for biomedical research. The program fosters health-related research and enhances the competitiveness of investigators at institutions located in states in which the aggregate success rate for applications to NIH has historically been low. The program also serves unique populations – such as rural and medically underserved communities – in these states.

The IDeA program increases the competitiveness of investigators by supporting faculty development and research infrastructure enhancement at institutions in 23 states and Puerto Rico. INBRE promotes the development, coordination and sharing of research resources and expertise that expand the research opportunities and increase the number of competitive investigators in the IDeA-eligible states. INBRE puts the IDeA approach into action by enhancing research infrastructure through support of a statewide research development network that links research-intensive institutions with primarily undergraduate institutions, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

August 9th, 2017