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Editorial: Bolstered research program a plus for Marshall, region

Oct. 09, 2012 @ 11:31 PM

The addition of more research muscle at Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine should pay dividends for both the medical school and the Tri-State.

The extra research capability comes with the appointment of Dr. Nader G. Abraham to the medical school's new position of vice dean for research. His mission will be to coordinate the medical school's research programs by working with both scientists and clinicians, or those who work with patients.

The idea is to expose physicians to the research side of medical school activities and work with researchers to take what they've found in the laboratories to patients. Beyond that is the hope that research findings will lead to patented medical products or procedures that will become successful commercial ventures.

Abraham will be paid $225,000, with a significant portion of that supported by grants. He'll also bring with him about $1 million in ongoing grants from the National Institutes of Health for work focusing on stem cell research, blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. Abraham's appointment also means that six members of his research team will join him in Huntington.

Abraham, who starts at Marshall next month, currently is chairman and professor of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Toledo College of Medicine. At Toledo, NIH and pharmaceutical support for research there increased from $2.5 million to more than $7 million over three years.

This addition to the school's research component should enhance its appeal to prospective students and researchers, enrich their experiences and provide a springboard to ventures that benefit the Tri-State's economy.

This is a positive step for the School of Medicine and the region.

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