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Center for Muscle Biology to be Established

Media Contact: Keith Hautala, 859-257-1754, x231 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 17, 2008) - The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve the establishment of the Center for Muscle Biology in the College of Medicine.

The center will create a nationally recognizable program to expand research, promote educational activities and enhance the university's progress toward Top 20 status, said Dr. Jay Perman, dean of the College of Medicine and vice president for clinical affairs.

"This type of multidisciplinary center builds on the strengths of our college and will act as a beacon to attract some of the most talented researchers in the field to the University of Kentucky," Perman said. "We have the ability to become known throughout the country for excellence in the science of muscle biology."

The goals of the center are to foster collaboration among clinical and basic scientists, catalyze translational research, stimulate educational activities and increase national recognition for the university in the field of muscle biology. The center will promote specific research- and education-related initiatives by integrating the activities of investigators from five colleges and centers with funding from the National Institutes of Health.

Michael B. Reid, chair of the Department of Physiology, will be providing leadership of the new center. Reid's laboratory studies how molecules called free radicals regulate muscle function. Currently, he is leading a study, funded by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, on a drug designed to prevent muscle fatigue in astronauts on long space flights.

"Now that the center is established, we plan to hit the ground running," Reid said.  "The center will house an NIH-sponsored training program to help establish the next generation of muscle researchers.  Senior investigators in the center are aggressively competing for large, multi-investigator grants to expand our basic and clinical research activities.  And the center is hosting a national symposium on frailty and muscle weakness later this year, a first for the University of Kentucky."

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