State proteomics consortium launches

May 25, 2007

By hammersmith

Nine institutions have united to launch the Arizona Proteomics Alliance (AZPA), a statewide consortium focused on advancing the study of proteins in the human body.

The consortium includes Arizona State University, Banner Health, Barrow Neurological Institute, Carl T. Hayden Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Intrinsic Bioprobes, Inc., Mayo Clinic, Sun Health Research Institute, Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), and University of Arizona.

According to Mark Hayes, director of Arizona Applied NanoSensors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ASU, the alliance will focus on “integrative proteomics.”

“This means developing proteomics research capabilities so that they are complementary to other advancing fields like genomics, bioinformatics, and clinical research.”

Because of its collaborative nature, AZPA is expected to bolster the state’s chances of receiving funding for research.

“The alliance will put Arizona in a stronger position to compete for federal and private research funding,” said AZPA Administrative Director Michael Mobley. “Arizona will also benefit from the discoveries, intellectual property, and commercial enterprises anticipated from this research.”

For more information:

ASU press release, 05/03/2007