For more information contact: Boonshoft School of Medicine, Judi Engle, Office of Public Relations, (937) 775-2951

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 2, 2004

Grand Opening Celebration of New Joint Research Lab

DAYTON, OHIO-Wright State University School of Medicine and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) will celebrate the opening of a new research laboratory November 5 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. The ceremony and tour, held on campus at the Frederick A. White Center, officially announces the new Cell Dynamics and Engineering Center of Excellence. The study of cellular control mechanisms is an aspect of biotechnology research that will help the Air Force develop engineering and systems control technologies.

The new laboratory is the offshoot of the grassroots organization, the Wright Brothers Institute (WBI), formed in June 2003 by the Dayton Development Coalition. The non-profit institute works to ensure that the Dayton area remains a leading source of aeronautical talent and a research and development center for aerospace systems and technologies. The institute links Air Force scientists and engineers to their counterparts in area universities and businesses. One of the goals of WBI is to bring world-class scientists into university endowed chair positions, which would benefit both student recruitment and grant funding in the academic setting.

Jay Thomas, Jr., Ph.D., vice president for research at Wright State University, praises the partnership. "With research strength in both medicine and engineering," he says," the collaboration with the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Wright Brothers Institute will allow Wright State to build this new center into a unique national resource for applying the life sciences to national defense needs."

Col. Michael Leahy, director of the AFRL Air Vehicles Directorate, and Wright Site commander, echoes the value of this collaboration and research capability. "We are truly honored to be a partner with Wright State University and this state-of-the-art Center of Excellence for Cellular Dynamics and Engineering. We are also grateful for our intermediary partner, Wright Brothers Institute, which helped to foster this collaborative relationship. This facility will enable groundbreaking research, called the Cell-Like Entity Project, which is focused on understanding and building biologically-based micro-systems that will in turn help develop novel capabilities for the Air Force."

The Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was formed in the fall of 1997 in a consolidation of four Air Force laboratories to "create a more efficient, effective organization to support the Air Force's global engagement vision." AFRL is responsible for the Air Force's science and technology program and employs more than 6,300 military and civilian personnel.

John Frazier, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology and senior scientist at the Human Effectiveness Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory, will make a scientific presentation on cell dynamics and engineering. A poster presentation and laboratory tour follow.

Media interested in attending the event should contact Judi Engle, Wright State University School of Medicine at (937) 775-2951 or Larine Barr, AFRL Public Affairs Office at (937) 656-9010 by November 4.