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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2006

Kettering Fund Invests in New
Research Field at Wright State

DAYTON, OHIO--Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine has received a $500,000 grant from The Kettering Fund to advance an exciting new field of science - proteomics.

Proteomics studies the intricate structure and function of thousands of proteins in cells and tissues. Diseases result when proteins, which are encoded by our genes, are defective or malfunctioning. Like the study of genetic defects, the in-depth study of proteins will produce medical advances.

"The Kettering Fund grant will provide the key infrastructure components necessary for studying proteins in both health and disease," explains David R. Cool, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology and director of the Proteomics Analysis Laboratory. "By studying malformed proteins, we will better understand how they function and improve diagnosis and treatment of diseases in the future."

The grant will provide new state-of-the-art instruments and software designed for proteomic analyses and will support, in part, personnel and pilot studies. In a continuing effort to support medical research, The Kettering Fund has made multiple gifts to the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.

"Over the years, generous grants from The Kettering Fund have enabled the medical school to make strategic investments in innovative biomedical research," says Dr. Howard Part, dean of medicine at Wright State. These investments have been leveraged with state, federal, and private dollars and helped create four biomedical research centers of excellence.

"A key feature of all the initiatives supported by The Kettering Fund is an emphasis on multi-disciplinary research," Part explains. "By keeping this research strategy in the forefront, we hope to speed the transfer of new medical knowledge from the 'bench' to the 'bedside.'"

The Kettering Fund, a private grantmaking foundation, was founded in 1958 by Charles F. Kettering. The mission of The Kettering Fund is to support scientific, medical, social and educational studies and research conducted by nonprofit, charitable organizations that are located and/or provide service in Ohio.