CMB-member funding was $5.8M in 2009 when the Center was first established, and has increased steadily through the years. Funding for active members currently totals nearly $30M, with current year funding at $5.8M.
In 2014, CMB members published 68 papers in peer reviewed journals. Ten of 30 members (~30% of publications) specifically sited their affiliation with the CMB in the author line, or acknowledged contributions of the center in Acknowledgements, demonstrating that the CMB is directly promoting research productivity of members.
The CMB Muscle Research Forum meets weekly. Students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty use it as a venue to discuss new data, to present ideas for grants, and to review interesting papers from the literature. In addition, outside speakers have been invited to present their latest results relevant to muscle structure and function. Muscle Forum meets Thursdays at 11 AM (Spring - UHS 130) and is coordinated by Esther Dupont-Versteegden.
Mock Study Sections
Some Forums take the form of mock study sections. In these sessions, three Center members review a draft of a grant application being submitted by a Center PI. All Center members are welcome (and encouraged) to attend these events but the proceedings remain confidential.
Beginning August 2011, students participating in Muscle Forum were able to receive one credit hour per semester. The assigned course number is RHB/PGY625, a joint listing between College of Health Sciences and College of Medicine. Additionally, the HHS402G-Muscle Biology course was created in 2014.
Mentorship and Pilot Studies
The CMB leadership actively mentors young investigators and promotes the development of clinical and translational research projects, through provision of pilot study grants.
CMB Research Day
Since 2008, the CMB has hosted an annual research day to promote collaboration; both invited and local speakers provided talks and posters on various themes related to muscle research. These conferences have been well attended, with approximately 100 participants each year.
Heart Working Group
An informal assembly of basic scientists, clinicians and translational researchers who share a common interest in hearts, myocytes, ventricular function and related concepts, headed by Ken Campbell. This group has been closely aligned with clinical care, overseeing collection of cardiac tissue, with more than 100 samples from diseased and control hearts collected.