The Center for Protease Research, an NIH/NCRR/COBRE supported
center, has broad-based research programs to provide fundamental information
on how proteases, key biological players, impact several diseases. The biological
role played by matrix metalloproteinases and histone deacetylases in cancer,
arthritis, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, and asthma is being investigated.
These studies have the potential to provide novel therapeutics that can treat
these deadly and debilitating diseases. The Center for Protease Research currently
has nine investigators from three different NDSU colleges. Two central Core
Facilities in biology and synthesis established by the Center have had a significant
impact on research programs in the university and throughout North Dakota.
The Center has initiated several outreach activities such as workshops for
North Dakota University System faculty and students and a summer research program
Long-term goals for the Center are:
- To carry out cutting edge research in biomedical science and foster growth
of biomedical research in the state of North Dakota
- Bring the North Dakota research establishment to the point where it can
have a significant impact on biomedical research effort in the nation.
- Increase the availability of well-trained personnel with biomedical expertise
for employment in the region and beyond.
- Establish the Center as a resource for enabling biomedical research at
NDSU and the state of North Dakota.
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