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MU med school gets new space

May. 01, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Researchers with the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine got a little more room to operate Tuesday with the acquisition of new space in the university's Forensic Science Center Annex.

An agreement between the School of Medicine, the Marshall University Research Corporation and the Huntington Area Development Council allows for the medical school to use the space to grow its biomedical research program, Dr. Joseph I. Shapiro, dean of the School of Medicine, said in a news release Tuesday.

The annex is located at the corner of 14th Street and Charleston Avenue in Huntington.

The research space is located in an area of the annex that specifically was designated for research and biotechnology startup companies when the facility was built.

Through the agreement, the School of Medicine will sublease from HADCO 2,100 square feet for its new laboratories and offices, which are expected to be ready for occupancy in fall 2013.

Shapiro said the space is a sign of good things to come for future research ventures through the school.

"I am thrilled we will soon expand our biomedical research operations into space at the Forensic Science Center Annex," Shapiro said. "Through our partnership with HADCO and the Marshall University Research Corporation, the School of Medicine will now be able to move forward with research projects guided by our new vice dean for research, Dr. Nader Abraham. Moreover, I'm certain expansion of our research capabilities will eventually lead to additional opportunities and ultimately to better health care for our patients."

Researchers in the new labs will be investigating the causes of kidney disease and hypertension as well as conducting clinical trials on medications to improve heart function and decrease body weight.

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