Center for Muscle
Biology to be Established
Media Contact: Keith Hautala, 859-257-1754,
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
"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