Progress on the new 43,000-square-foot research facility, which will host teams of scientists working to uncover new treatments for such maladies as obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and neurological disorders, continues apace:
"The research emphasis of the center is to study different aspects of human disease and use that information to develop therapeutics and diagnostics," said Stephen Dalton, director of the center and a GRA Eminent Scholar of Molecular Cell Biology.
Researchers will explore diseases at the molecular level to understand the effects of drugs and genes.
"The emphasis is on translating this information into something practical and useful that can impact the health of people in Georgia and beyond," Dalton said.
The building's design allows for flexibility, anticipating both the present and future needs for research equipment to ensure the investment will pay off decades from now.
The center, which broke ground December 2015, will be adjacent to the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center on Riverbend Road. The proximity between the two centers is aimed to encourage cross-disciplinary interaction between investigators—often a recipe for research success. The center will also be a training ground for graduate and undergraduate students to become the next generation of biomedical scientists.
Years in the making, this new facility will help UGA continue to attract leading scholars as well as serve the collaborations and investigations of our own faculty. Important to remember the ongoing commitment to interdisciplinary research by the state that brings cures and therapies closer to fruition.
Image: Center for Molecular Medicine under construction and Stephen Dalton. Photo by Dorothy Kozlowski