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Force to head Idaho State University’s Center for Health Research

POCATELLO(AP)Idaho State University recently named Rex Force the associate dean of clinical research at ISU’s Division of Health Sciences and the head of ISU’s new Idaho Center for Health Research, according to a press release .

Force, a professor of pharmacy practice and family medicine, has been on the faculty of ISU since 1993 and currently directs the ISU Family Medicine Clinical Research Center.

The center will find grant-funding opportunities, assist with grant writing, offer budgetary assistance, project planning, management assistance and reporting.

‘Our new office is helping to support health-related research across both campuses: in Pocatello and at ISUMeridian ,’ Force said in a press release. ‘We’ll be providing a variety of different services to the ISU Division of Health Sciences, including supporting the grant funding process from beginning to end.’

From his work, Force and his collaborators have received upwards of $5 millions in grants and contracts. Force will create and maintain community connections among area health partners as well as taking inventory faculty and staff expertise for research projects.

‘I think as the premier health institution in the state we need to have a presence throughout the state as it relates to research,’ Force said, in a press release. ‘We all have important missions within our fields and it all requires research to move health care forward. We have a tremendous amount of research capability on our campuses and we need to maximize it to better fulfill our health mission and improve the health of Idahoans.’