SDSU BioScience Center to House Pioneering Research into Links Between Heart Disease and Infectious Organisms
San Diego State University officially broke ground today on the $14.3 million
BioScience Center, an innovative research facility that will make SDSU a major
contributor to the investigation of the emerging link between infectious diseases
and the nation's No. 1 killer - heart disease.
"As a result of the doubling of the NIH funding, our nation is seeing major investments in basic research that are leading to accelerated vaccine development, a new understanding of diseases, and incredible new drugs and therapeutics coming onto the market," Cunningham said. "I'm proud to see San Diego's emergence as a leader in the biotech field, and projects like the BioScience Center will keep SDSU and the San Diego region at the cutting edge for developing new life-saving knowledge and technologies."
SDSU President Stephen L. Weber said the BioScience Center is a natural next step for SDSU as it continues to distinguish itself as an outstanding university.
"Our faculty and staff have brought in more than $500 million in research grants and program contracts since 2000, and facilities such as the BioScience Center will create exciting new possibilities for more projects sponsored by agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," Weber said. "We're creating an environment that will keep our faculty and students on the leading edge of discovery."
Other new science and research buildings on campus include the $31 million, 106,000 sq. ft. Chemical Sciences Laboratory built three years ago, and the Geology, Mathematics and Computer Science (GMCS) building, which finished a $23.4 million complete renovation last year. In addition, a Coastal Waters Laboratory is presently under construction at the site of the former Naval Training Center.
The San Diego State University Foundation (a nonprofit auxiliary of the university that facilitates the grant application process for faculty members and administers grants and contracts for the university) supplied $8 million in financing for the SDSU BioScience Center. Grants and donations will provide the remaining funds necessary to complete the project.
Contact: Aaron Hoskins, SDSU College of Extended Studies (619) 594-1119, firstname.lastname@example.org
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