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From the Director

The Institute for Behavioral Genetics is a center of excellence and outstanding accomplishment in graduate education, research training, and the creation of new research knowledge about genetic influences on behavior. Each year, IBG faculty, researchers, and students publish over 70 refereed papers and book chapters that report critical new knowledge about genetic influences on behavior. This research productivity is supported by external grants that are awarded through a highly competitive national peer review process. This year (FY 2010) IBG researchers were awarded 48 individual research grants totaling a record $13,614,178. As much of our funding derives from the National Institutes of Health, whose budget is facing tight constraints, we may anticipate that the competition for these awards will only intensify. However, we have set ourselves a continuing goal to expand our research through interdisciplinary collaborations with academic units on the Boulder campus, across campuses, and nationally.

The Institute holds three separate training grants awarded by the National Institute on Mental Health, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Together these awards allow the Institute to fully support 13 graduate students and 5 postdoctoral trainees in behavior genetics. Additionally, the Director of IBG serves as co-PI on an NIAAA postdoctoral training grant, directed by Paula Hoffman at the Health Sciences Center in Denver; this funds 7 postdoctoral fellows. IBG also hosts two annual training workshops in statistical methods in human genomics research; one is the week long workshop supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, and the second is the FBAT/PBAT short course directed by Matt McQueen.

Our excellence in research and training is a consequence of the efforts of all of our faculty, staff, and students. They consistently demonstrate superb professional and scientific performance as well as the collegiality that remains a distinguishing and necessary characteristic of the Institute.

John K. Hewitt
Director IBG