Partnership with Kansas State University

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The RIA working with Dr. Kimberly Kirkpatrick in Department of Psychology at Kansas State University and Dr. Rui Ni from the Department of Psychology at WSU submitted an NIH Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant.  The purpose of the COBRE funding mechanism is to “promote the initiation and development or expansion of unique, innovative state-of-the-art biomedical and behavioral research centers at institutions”.  A central focus of the proposed research projects concerns issues related to neural plasticity.  This area holds considerable promise for the development of novel training programs that improve functioning or speed recovery of function after injury in older adults.  This grant would support the training of a cadre of researchers whose research interests would overlap with those of the Regional Institute on Aging.