Copied from a 2008 press release from the PR department @ CSU:

CSU Launches New Center for Advanced Biomedical Research

GRHD will strengthen our reputation for biomedical excellence

Did you know that CSU is home to a group of internationally known biomedical scientists? Or that we’ve enjoyed a thriving research partnership with the Cleveland Clinic since 1973? Or that many of our faculty are working to unlock the secrets to stopping cancer and a host of other infectious and deadly diseases?

The work our faculty and students do to understand the causes and treatment of disease took a major step forward with the launch of our new Center for Gene Regulation in Health and Disease (GRHD) in the College of Science. GRHD focuses on research to improve our understanding of biological processes and how malfunction of these processes results in various diseases.

“You would be hard pressed to find a young group of scientists as productive or with as much potential,” said associate professor Crystal Weyman, interim director of GRHD. For example, associate professor Valentin Boerner is focusing his research on DNA repair, while associate professor Anton Komar works to understand the mechanisms of protein folding. Both have major funding from the American Heart Association.

Rethinking Research
The Center, and its faculty scientists, have embraced an innovative way to explore the causes and treatments of disease. GRHD researchers apply their findings at the molecular level to a wide range of diseases. They are opening doors that will greatly improve our understanding, detection and treatment of many common and deadly diseases found around the world.

“GRHD holds the potential to solve some of the most perplexing and frightening medical problems facing us today,” said College of Science Dean Bette Bonder at the launch celebration. “Every day we’re closer to minimizing birth defects and curing cancer and heart disease.”

“Faculty and students, it’s really your day,” said Provost Mary Jane Saunders. “Your efforts and commitment have made all the difference. GRHD is the best model for the University’s focus on health care and exemplifies the asset that we are to the area.”

Through GRHD, Cleveland State will actively develop new biomedical partnerships, publish research findings, provide outstanding engaged learning opportunities for students, and expand our reputation as a local, national and international leader in gene regulation.

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