Federal stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) is funding a major construction project in The Ohio State University Biomedical Research Tower (BRT). Due largely to a grant submitted by Michael Grever, MD, chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Ohio State, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded an $8-million grant to complete the unfinished fourth floor in the BRT. Designed to increase collaboration among cancer researchers, the grant will benefit The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center—Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James).
“The stimulus funding for the Biomedical Research Tower is vital to continuing important research in experimental therapeutics of cancer, along with emerging fields such as pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics studies and pharmacogenomics for novel targeted molecular therapies,” says principal investigator Dr. Grever, co-leader of the Experimental Therapeutics Program at the OSUCCC – James.
Construction of the floor is set to begin in August, with completion expected in the summer of 2012. The completed research facility will strengthen the collaboration among investigators and contribute to the cutting-edge facilities at OSU Medical Center by providing work space for experimental therapeutics researchers as they work on designing effective new therapies for treating patients with cancer, as well as by supplying ample space for the recruitment of new faculty in oncology.
Upon completion of the three floors, the BRT expansion will provide facilities for 100 faculty scientists and their teams. Overall a total of 800 researchers will specialize in different areas of research including cardiovascular and lung disease and high-field imaging, as well as biology, biotechnology and biomedical informatics programs, cancer and cancer genetics.
Opened in December 2006, the BRT houses 60 faculty scientists and their teams, totaling approximately 500 staffed research members.
At Ohio State, the ARRA has provided more than $82 million in funding for 174 projects with support from the NIH, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense. For more information about stimulus funding, how it is powering research at the University and a sample of funded projects, visit the OSU website. (www.osu.edu/arra