Science Market Update

New Facility and Research Funding at Duke University

Posted by Jennifer Nieuwkerk on Mon, Jan 27, 2014

A new Eye Center Clinical Facility at Duke University is currently under construction. The new facility at Duke will house expanded clinical services designed to improve patient care and convenience. The 127,000 square-foot building is expected to be complete in mid 2015 and was made possible by a $12 million donation.

The Duke Eye Center already receives a significant amount of research funding from outside funding organizations. The American Health Assistance Foundation awarded two $100,000 grants to Duke Eye Center researchers Sina Farsiu, PhD, assistant professor of ophthalmology and biomedical engineering and Goldis Malek, PhD, assistant professor of ophthalmology and pathology. The Duke research funding will be used to research the role of oxidant activated nuclear receptors in retinal pigmented epithelium (RPE) cell injury, mitochondrial dysfunction, and sub-RPE deposit formation.

This Duke University research funding will ensure the Duke Eye Center continues making progress in the field of macular degeneration, making way for new research techniques and positioning Duke University at the forefront of this field of research.


Rendering of new Duke facility


Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) also awarded Duke Eye Center scientists $100,000 in research funding to use towards research into the causes, treatments and prevention of diseases that cause blindness

“This grant helps Duke Eye Center to further its goal of curing blinding diseases. Without RPB’s contributions, this goal would essentially be unattainable -- these funds provide hope to millions of people around the world with debilitating eye diseases. We can’t thank them enough for their support over the years,” said David Epstein, MD, MMM, chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology.

Duke University is a research powerhouse that employs 3,262 working faculty members including over 2,000 researchers in the School of Medicine. The university’s endowment was worth $6 billion in 2013. In 2013, the National Institutes of Health awarded Duke University $350.2 million in science research funding, while the National Science Foundation awarded Duke $44.6 million. Duke University School of Medicine also recently received a $20 million gift from Dr. Steven and Rebecca Scott to expand clinical and research program development in the sports medicine program.

If you are a researcher at Duke University or a lab supplier interested in increasing your lab sales at Duke, Biotechnology Calendar, Inc. invites you to attend or exhibit at our upcoming BioResearch Product Faire™ Event at Duke University on May 8th, 2014. Last year, the BioResearch Product Faire™ Event at Duke University attracted 314 attendees, of which 78 were purchasing agents, professors and post docs, and 56 were lab managers. Fifty of the attendees came from 27 different research buildings and 70 departments on campus.

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