September 01, 2013

 

 Oklahoma State establishes respiratory disease center

 

A research team headed by Lin Liu, PhD, at the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences has received a nearly $11.3 million federal grant to establish the Oklahoma Center for Respiratory and Infectious Diseases. 

The award is the first Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence grant in Oklahoma State’s history, according to a July 18 university press release. It is spread over five years, from this past July through June 2018. COBRE funding comes from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health.

The Oklahoma Center for Respiratory and Infectious Diseases will bring together experts from Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.

Investigators at the new center will study respiratory syncytial virus, influenza virus, and respiratory bacterial infection, covering disease pathogenesis, therapeutics, molecular mechanisms, and bioengineering.

One major goal for the new center is to attract research faculty and mentor them so the center can develop a strong research and funding base from the NIH and other federal sponsors, said Dr. Jerry Malayer, associate dean for research and graduate education at the veterinary center.

“Dr. Liu’s leadership has shown what can be done when institutions in Oklahoma collaborate,” said Stephen McKeever, PhD, OSU vice president for research and technology transfer. “The National Institutes of Health recognize the excellence of the research into infectious diseases being conducted in Oklahoma, and this award will promote significant advances in several areas.”

Dr. Liu is director of the Lung Biology and Toxicology Laboratory in the veterinary center’s Department of Physiological Sciences.