Researchers from Jackson Laboratory and the University of Connecticut have received a $3.2 million grant that will help them learn more about what causes bone diseases like osteoporosis, officials from both institutions said Tuesday.
The project will be one of the first between the university and the Maine-based nonprofit organization, which is receiving millions in aid from the state of Connecticut for a facility on the UConn Health Center's campus in Farmington.
The five-year grant, from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, will help scientists explore what happens to the bone growth and development in a mouse if that mouse is missing specific genes.
"You're trying to create an area here where bright people from all over the world converge to solve fundamental problems in biology and medical science," [Jackson Lab VP Mike] Hyde said. "I think this was the dream of the state when they proposed this partnership, to jumpstart the bioscience sector."
Read the complete article by Wes Duplantier in the Hartford Courant.