CU Division of Natural Sciences Awarded Grants for Biomedical Research and Equipment

For Immediate Release: 
Mar 08 2007

CONTACT: Dr. Darrell W. Crick, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

CU Division of Natural Sciences Awarded Grants for Biomedical Research and Equipment

Athens, W.Va. – The West Virginia Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE) awarded a $15,000 research grant and an $18,000 equipment grant to the Division of Natural Sciences at Concord University. Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Darrell W. Crick, was the lead principal investigator and author of the proposal with Associate Professor of Biology, Dr. Darla J. Wise, and Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Joe C. Saunders, serving as collaborators.

Ongoing research at Concord University, also funded by WV-INBRE, has revealed antibacterial and antioxidant properties of several species of Appalachian plants. The grant will be used to isolate potentially medicinal compounds from the plants and evaluate their activity as antibacterial, antioxidant, and anticancer agents. Two undergraduate students will participate in the research.

The mission of the WV-INBRE program is to establish a consortium among selected institutions of higher education in the State of West Virginia to enhance their capacity for educating and training their faculty and students in biomedical research. Concord University is one of six “network outreach institutions” within the network. Network outreach institutions serve to prepare undergraduate students for graduate study in biomedical research by providing experience and training in modern laboratory investigation techniques. Students and faculty at network outreach institutions are also eligible for training and research experience at the WV-INBRE lead institutions, Marshall University and West Virginia University.

Division Chair of Natural Sciences and Associate Professor of Geology, Dr. Joseph L. Allen, said, “Research capabilities have increased enormously at Concord through external funding. Faculty in geology, chemistry, and biology have been awarded more than $500,000 in the past three years. Because of this, current and future science students will have opportunities to participate in geological and biomedical research, and earn summer income for their efforts.”