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HUNTINGTON, WV — Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine has been looking for new space where it can grow its rapidly expanding biomedical research program. Now, it's found the space it needs – at the university's Forensic Science Center Annex.

A three-way agreement between the School of Medicine, the Marshall University Research Corp. and the Huntington Area Development Council (HADCO) will see the school lease 2,100 square feet of space on the second floor of the four-story annex, using the space for laboratories and offices..

The space is in an area of the annex that was designated for research and biotechnology startup companies when the facility was built. HADCO, using a $1 million federal grant, partnered with Marshall to build the annex with a goal of creating an environment for "new economy" jobs.

"I am thrilled we will soon expand our biomedical research operations into space at the Forensic Science Center Annex," said Dr. Joeh I. Shapiro, dean of the School of Medicine.

Shapiro said researchers in the new labs will be investigating the causes of kidney disease and hypertension as well as conducting clinical trials on medications to improve heart function and decrease body weight.

"We are excited by this rapid response to demand for new research space at the School of Medicine to accommodate new grant-funded researchers," said Dr. John M. Maher, Marshall's vice president of research. "With our partner HADCO, we look forward to the innovation and technology-based economic development that will follow this new research activity. This is another significant step in making Huntington a leading regional center for translational research."

The research space is expected to be ready for occupancy this fall. The Marshall Forensic Science Center is located at the corner of 14th Street and Charleston Avenue in Huntington.