The Center for Gene Regulation in Health and Disease (GRHD) at Cleveland State University was launched in 2008 with a grant from the Ohio Third Frontier Commission’s Ohio Research Scholars Program. This program was designed to contribute to the growth of Ohio's research enterprise and support the economic development priorities of the state. GRHD was recognized as a Center of Excellence at CSU by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (formerly known as the Ohio Board of Regents) two years later after its launch. At present, GRHD brings together 14 full-time CSU faculty members and 1 non-tenure track research faculty member representing three departments in the College of Sciences and Health Professions.
The Center focuses on research to improve understanding of biological processes and how malfunction of these processes results in various diseases. This research has significant potential to improve our understanding of the mechanisms and specific molecules that control reproductive health and those that control the aging process as well as implications for the diagnosis and treatment of many of the most common diseases found around the world, including heart disease, neurological disease, infectious disease and cancer.
To enhance and integrate research focused on Gene Regulation in Health and Disease leading to better understanding of the molecular mechanisms controlling these processes and the identification of therapeutic targets.
The Mission of the Center is:
- To develop and support research focused on Gene Regulation in Health and Disease.
- To encourage and provide support mechanisms for the acquisition of extramural funding.
- To encourage and provide support mechanisms for the dissemination of research results.
- To create mechanisms to acquire resources to support research and student training focused on Gene Regulation in Health and Disease.
- To develop and expand partnerships with relevant public and private community entities with similar interests.
- To develop and promote Cleveland State University’s reputation as a local, national and international leader in Gene Regulation in Health and Disease.