Our Mission

The Mississippi IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) is a network of colleges and universities, designed to build a biomedical research infrastructure in Mississippi. Our mission is to reach out to Mississippians in order to improve health throughout the state and to engage talented researchers and students in biomedical research projects that will increase the state’s research competitiveness as well as impact the health of citizens of Mississippi.

MSINBRE has three specific aims:

Specific Aim 1

Improve research capabilities at Mississippi Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs).

Participation of undergraduates in research significantly increases persistence in STEM careers. Enabling PUIs to better engage students in research activities has been a long-standing goal for Mississippi INBRE, and we continue to make significant improvements to PUIs across the state.

Specific Aim 2

Build capabilities and collaboration among academic scientists and community-based organizations (CBOs).

A powerful vehicle for promoting biomedical research in Mississippi is the establishment and expansion of Cores that provide access to instrumentation, data analysis services, and outreach.

Specific Aim 3

Develop a skilled and diverse workforce in biomedical research and health-related careers.

In addition to engaging students at their home institutes, Mississippi INBRE provides three summer undergraduate research programs: the Mississippi INBRE Research Scholars Program (MIRS), Mississippi INBRE Service Scholars Program (MISS), and Mississippi INBRE Outreach Scholars Program (MIOS). Together, these three programs provide unique opportunities for PUI students to participate in biomedical research and advance into their respective careers after graduation.

Scientific Focuses

Mississippi INBRE‘s primary scientific focuses are on cancer, diabetes, obesity, infectious diseases, and other chronic illnesses directly affecting Mississippians.

Cancer

Infectious Disease

Obesity

Student Opportunities

One of Mississippi INBRE’s major efforts to engage talented researchers and students in biomedical research projects is accomplished through the student pipeline.

Mississippi INBRE has three summer programs: Research Scholars (founded in 2004), Service Scholars (founded in 2013), and Outreach Scholars (founded in 2019). These programs are designed to give students hands-on experience in the field of biomedical research and public health. All three programs are paid summer internships and range in length from 9-11 weeks. Scholars typically begin training in late May and graduate in late July or early August.

There are also academic-year research opportunities available at our partner undergraduate institutions. To learn more, email us at msinbre@usm.edu.

Research Scholars

Our flagship student program, the Mississippi INBRE Research Scholars program gives undergraduates the skills they need to succeed as biomedical research professionals after graduation.

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Health Scholars

Serve the Mississippi community and gain research experience through the Mississippi INBRE Health Scholars program, offered through our partners at My Brother’s Keeper, Inc. and the Mississippi INBRE Telenutrition Center.

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Health Scholars

Serve the Mississippi community and gain research experience through the Mississippi INBRE Health Scholars program, offered through our partners at My Brother’s Keeper, Inc. and the Mississippi INBRE Telenutrition Center.

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Organizational Chart

To gain a better understanding of how our network works together, below is our organizational chart (last updated 8/15/2022):