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American Indian Research Opportunities (AIRO) is a consortium of Montana’s seven Tribal Colleges (Blackfeet Community College, Chief Dull Knife College, Aaniiih Nakoda College, Fort Peck Community College, Little Big Horn College, Salish Kootenai College, and Stone Child College) and Montana State University in Bozeman, dedicated to providing opportunities for American Indian students in career fields where they are significantly underrepresented. The advisory board to the AIRO consortium consists of representatives from each of the seven tribal colleges and Montana State University-Bozeman.

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Great Falls MT www.benefis.org/sletten

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Benefis Sletten Cancer Institute is Montana’s most comprehensive and state-of-the-art cancer facility. Benefis SCI has been uniquely designed to care for the body, mind, and spirit of cancer patients and their caregivers. Our programs and services span the continuum of care, including prevention, screening, education and information programs, patient care, research and hospice care.
Our team of expert medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, nurses and other cancer care professionals are dedicated to providing advanced cancer treatment, research and education to their fellow Montanans. Equally important, Benefis SCI provides a truly progressive approach to preventing and diagnosing cancer. Benefis Sletten Cancer Institute offers more than just up-to-date facilities and technology. Our programs and services are designed with you in mind, based on input from our cancer patients and survivors, physicians and staff. At Benefis SCI, we ensure that your experience with us is customized to meet your needs every step of the way.

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Billings Clinic is a not-for-profit health care organization structured as a medical foundation that serves Montana, northern Wyoming and the western Dakotas. A member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Billings Clinic is a physician-led, integrated health care organization and is one of the largest employers in Montana with approximately 4,000 staff including more than 400 physicians and advanced practitioners offering more than 50 specialties. Our vision is to be a national leader in providing the best clinical quality, patient safety, service and value. The Billings Clinic Downtown campus consists of a 304-bed Magnet-designated hospital, Level II Emergency and Trauma Center, Inpatient Cancer Care Unit, Surgery Center, and a multi-specialty clinic. Billings Clinic conducts both clinical and health services research across the organization, including nursing research and research conducted as part of an internal medicine residency. Areas of concentration include cancer and endocrinology, although many departments are actively involved in research. Our research professionals help to coordinate clinical trials and conduct health services research located at our site, throughout Billings Clinic, and across the region, state and nation. Billings Clinic also organizes a sanctioned and regional science fair for over 500 students from 24 counties each spring.

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Flathead Valley Community College is one of three public community colleges that are located in Montana. Currently their research is focused on using electrospray ionization mass spectrometry to study protein structure and dynamics.

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The International Heart Institute of Montana Foundation (IHIMF) is an educational and research center for applied and clinical research in the treatment of heart disease. The IHIMF organizes an annual educational symposium focused on Heart Valve Disease. The IHIMF is a joint venture between the University of Montana and Saint Patrick Hospital in Missoula.

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McLaughlin Research Institute is an independent, non-profit research organization. Research at the institute focuses on understanding the genetic control of normal development and disease susceptibility using the mouse as a model system. The institute fosters a collegial, interactive environment, minimizing bureaucratic impediments to research.

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Montana Health Research Institute (MHRI) was established in 1997. MHRI is an experienced multi-therapeutic medical research facility dedicated to providing high quality Phase II, III and IV clinical trials. Our research staff has NIH and research training certifications to conduct emerging pharmaceuticals or drug comparison studies.

OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH, CREATIVITY AND Economic Development
Bozeman MT

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Montana State University has been designated as a Carnegie Higher Research University – R2. This recognizes the significant opportunities for research, scholarship and creative work at MSU. MSU has significant research strengths in energy, biomedical, laser optics, thermopiles, infectious diseases, paleontology, snow science, mental health research and science and natural history filmmaking. MSU contributes significantly to the economic health of the state through training a qualified, specialized workforce and conducting research that results in new technologies which can be commercialized. Currently, MSU has over 200 licenses of which almost one third are with Montana companies. MSU, with $118 million last year in research expenditures, is the largest research and development entity in the State. To promote the success of business throughout the state, several economic development outreach arms are housed on the MSU campus and provide critical support to business growth and development by supporting area companies: Technology Licensing Office, TechLink, Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC) and the Center for Entrepreneurship for the New West.

DEPARTMENT OF CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING

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The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CHBE) prepares students with the knowledge and skills to contribute to society and their profession. The basis of both chemical and biological engineering is the useful transformation of materials from one form to another. This transformation may be brought about by chemical or biological processes. Both chemical and biological engineers often function as process engineers and research engineers at the graduate level. Both fields are continuing to develop as today’s research efforts create exciting new opportunities. Biological engineers work in many areas: environmental engineering, materials, pharmaceuticals, Bioengineering and biomedicine and the list will continue to expand as the field develops.

CENTER FOR BIOLFILM ENGINEERING

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At the Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE), multidisciplinary research teams develop beneficial uses for microbial biofilms and find solutions to industrially relevant biofilm problems. The CBE was established at Montana State University, Bozeman, in 1990 as a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center. As part of the MSU College of Engineering, the CBE gives students a chance to get a head start on their careers by working on research teams led by world-recognized leaders in the biofilm field.

CENTER FOR BIO-INSPIRED NANO MATERIALS

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The Center for Bio-Inspired NanoMaterials [CBIN] at Montana State University is a multidisciplinary research and education center focused on utilizing and expanding our fundamental understanding of the formation and hierarchical construction of biological materials such as viruses, cells, and biominerals (bones, teeth, seashells etc.). One extension of this fundamental work is the use of biological macromolecular assemblies as templates for the construction of novel functional nano-materials. However, the goal of the Center is to study a wide range of materials, beyond those of biological origin, to achieve unique physical properties by design.

THERMAL BIOLOGY INSTITUTE
Bozeman MT www.tbi@montana.edu

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The Thermal Biology Institute conducts and promotes research and education focused on the biology and interrelated physical and chemical processes of geothermal environments in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

MICROBIOLOGY AND IMMUNOLOGY DEPARTMENT

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The Department of Microbiology & Immunology at Montana State University (MSU) has a unique combination of expertise in pathogen biology, bioremediation, biofuels, immunology, cell and developmental biology, microbial ecology, host/pathogen interactions, biofilm biology, and geomicrobiology. With this diverse expertise, the department strives to provide a broad and thorough curriculum to both undergraduate and graduate students that are encouraged to cross boundaries and push their studies/research via interactions across departments and colleges.

ENERGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE

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The Montana State University Energy Research Institute is an umbrella for MSU’s energy research and education programs, which account for roughly $15 million in research each year. The institute encompasses more than 170 faculty, staff and students spread across 11 university departments who are working fields such as clean-coal technology, fuel cells, wind, coal-bed methane and biofuels. Over the past several years, MSU has developed a number of programs focused on energy, making the university a significant contributor to national and international energy research and development.
MSU was awarded a $67 million research project from DOE to research carbon sequestration.

CENTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH AND RECOVERY

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The Center for Mental Health Research and Recovery, with support from the Montana chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Montana), was created in 2014 to address the mental health challenges unique to Montana and similar rural regions. The Center seeks to advance innovation and discovery related to mental illness prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, with an emphasis on the specific needs of Montanans, through productive partnerships with the world’s preeminent mental health scientists, Montana communities, and health service providers.

DIVISION OF HEALTH SCIENCES

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The mission of the Montana State University Division of Health Sciences is to improve the health and healthcare services for citizens across the state of Montana and positively impact healthcare sciences nationally and internationally.

DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL & PHYSICAL SCIENCES

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The Department of Biological & Physical Sciences is a combined department of all sciences offering core programs in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science. We offer four-year baccalaureate degree programs in Biology, Broadfield Science and Chemistry. Students majoring in Biology may also focus their studies by selecting an option in Environmental Science, Medical Laboratory Science or Teaching Licensure. Broadfield Science and Chemistry majors may also work towards Teaching Licensure. Minors and Teaching Minors are offered in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Geography and Physics. Two-year Associate of Science programs of study are available in Allied Health, Environmental Science and Pre-engineering. Pre-professional programs with an emphasis in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Pre-Engineering and Veterinary Medicine are also available.

COLLEGE OF ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONS

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The mission of the Montana State University Billings College of Allied Health Professions is to prepare allied health professionals for their chosen field, and to meet the needs of society through education, discovery and service. We value collaborative partnerships and seamless curricular articulation among health related fields. We hold high regard for adding knowledge to the disciplines represented in the college and seek to engender rigor in the dissemination of new knowledge as part of the educational unit. We place high value in sharing expertise through community service, both locally and nationally.

Havre MT www.msun.edu

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Located in Havre, Montana, Montana State University-Northern (MSUN) is north central Montana’s comprehensive university offering programs and services at the associate, baccalaureate, and master’s levels. MSUN also has educational centers in Great Falls (co-located with Great Falls College MSU) and in Lewistown. Degree programs emphasize both technology and liberal arts education. MSUN programs are in the disciplines of business, nursing, diesel technology, teacher education, natural sciences, and humanities. Applied research and service functions are aligned with many of the university’s disciplines and respond directly to the region’s economic and societal needs. Central to MSUN’s research initiatives are the programs of the Advanced Fuels Center with its focus on next-generation biofuels, bio-based products, and heavy-duty diesel engines. The Center can conduct comprehensive studies on biofuels, seed to fuel processing, fuel characterization, fuel life cycle analysis, and engine performance and emissions. It’s state of the art lab facilities that include oilseed processing lab, biofuel pilot plant, oil analysis lab, fuel chemistry lab, and engine performance and emissions testing lab.

Butte MT www.mtech.edu

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Since its founding in 1900, Montana Tech has established a strong reputation in science, engineering, and technology education, research, and outreach focused on meeting the changing needs of society. Bioscience efforts encompass vibrant research collaborations in ecology and evolution, restoration ecology, microbiology, hantavirus, nursing, rural and community health and health-care informatics. New directions include work on the effects of nanoparticles on natural systems including virus/host-cell dynamics, nano-based innovations in biomedical sensing and drug delivery, and modeling and 3-D visualization using high-performance computing. Interdisciplinary studies involve faculty and students from the departments of biology, chemistry, health-care informatics, occupational safety and health, nursing, computer science, environmental engineering and others. Numerous degrees and certificate programs at Montana Tech help prepare Montana’s bioscience and biomedical workforce.

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Rocky Mountain Health Network is a provider hospital organization (PHO) established in 1991 with a focus on helping healthcare providers work more effectively and efficiently. RMHN has more than 800 members, including physicians, hospitals, surgery centers and ancillary providers. In 2013, RMHN formed a wholly owned subsidiary – Rocky Mountain Accountable Health Network (RMAHN) – specifically to implement population health strategies for its members. RMAHN is a Medicare Shared Savings Plan managing the cost and quality of 9,500 Medicare beneficiaries.

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Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) is the Hamilton-based research facility that studies infectious diseases and twice annually sponsors a community presentation. RML is part of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) with the U.S. National Institutes of Health. NIH, the nation’s medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit http://www.nih.gov.

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Helena MT www.shodair.org

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Shodair’s nationally recognized medical genetics department provides genetic evaluation and counseling to citizens throughout Montana. The Medical Genetics Program offers comprehensive services to individuals with genetic conditions or concerns about their risk to transmit or develop a genetic disorder. The program is sponsored in part through funding from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.
The Genetics Laboratory offers specialized testing as a part of the comprehensive medical genetics program based at Shodair Children’s Hospital. The Genetics Laboratory provides a wide variety of patient-focused esoteric studies with an emphasis on quality, turnaround time, and responsiveness to providers. In addition to our dedicated lab staff, Shodair’s medical geneticists and genetic counselors are available to help clinicians and families understand test results. Shodair’s Genetics Laboratory provides services to patients of all ages throughout Montana and the western United States. Services include: Microarray Analysis, Maternal Serum Screening, Cytogenetics, Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization (FISH), Molecular Diagnostics, and Drug Metabolizing Enzyme (Pharmacogenetic) testing.

Billings MT www.svh-mt.org

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St. Vincent Healthcare is one of Montana’s largest comprehensive healthcare providers, serving the healthcare needs of over 400,000 people in a four-state area. Renowned for a mission of compassionate care and service to the poor, the St. Vincent Healthcare team is continually recognized as a technological leader in the healthcare industry. St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation has received grant funding to expand the Crohn’s Disease Collaboration Research Center of the Greater Rocky Mountains through the Montana Department of Commerce Bio-Medical Research Grant Program. The center is a partnership between St. Vincent Healthcare and Montana State University Billings to provide care and treatment of patients with Crohn’s disease to create a research center for the study of the disease. The long-term research goals of the center are to identify the involvement of bacteria as agents of Crohn’s disease, develop diagnostic tests to detect specific subpopulations of patients and to develop new targeted treatments in these patients.

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OFFICE OF VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH AND CREATIVE SCHOLARSHIP

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The Office of the Vice President for Research and Creative Scholarship supports the educational and research mission of the University through advocacy and advancement of basic and applied research, creative activities, and academic scholarship, and fosters an environment that encourages the pursuit of research, scholarly activities, and economic development.

ACCELERATE MONTANA

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Accelerate Montana is the University of Montana’s hub for entrepreneurship, innovation and economic development, serving all stages of business from start-ups to established enterprises. Accelerate includes the Blackstone LaunchPad, SBDC, PTAC, Montana Code School, MonTEC, ILead and the World Trade Center. Collectively, the Accelerate Montana team reaches about 700 businesses and entrepreneurs each year helping to bring tens of millions of dollars in investment capital, grants and contracts to the great state of Montana.

CENTER FOR STRUCTURAL AND FUNCTIONAL NEUROSCIENCE

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Established through the NIH’s Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence Program, researchers in the CSFN work at the interface of pharmacology, synthetic chemistry, physiology, genetics and biochemistry to advance our understanding of the nervous system with a strong focus on the molecular mechanisms of brain injury and disease. The CSFN is equally committed to Neuroscience education through its affiliation with the University’s Neuroscience Graduate Program and the newly offered undergraduate major in Neuroscience.

COLLEGE OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES

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Situated on the beautiful University of Montana campus, the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences is home to cutting-edge research and top-notch educators. Degree offerings include Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, Masters of Social Work, Masters and Certificate of Public Health, Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Medicinal Chemistry and Toxicology.

DEPARMENT OF BIOMEDICAL AND PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES

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The Department of Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences (BMED) serves as the “basic science” unit of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy. With research strengths in Molecular Pharmacology, Neuroscience, Toxicology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Medicinal Chemistry, its faculty of about 40, oversees much of the P1- and P2-year curriculum for the professional Pharm.D. program, as well as four graduate Ph.D. programs. A strong commitment to collaborative, multidisciplinary research has led to the development of two NIH Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence and an NIH/NINDS P30 Core Laboratory that have helped make BMED a leader in biomedical research on campus and across the state.

MONTANA BIOTECHNOLOGY CENTER
Missoula MT www.umt.edu/mbc

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The mission of the Montana Biotechnology Center is to provide core services in support of basic and applied research at The University of Montana, and to facilitate interactions between investigators and private sector enterprises in the state. Established in 1996 within the office of the Vice President for Research and Creative Scholarship at The University of Montana-Missoula, the Montana Biotechnology Center and its Director seek to assist in the expansion of biotechnology in Montana, predicated on research and technology excellence, a well-trained work-force, and entrepreneurial expertise.

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