ACU Chemistry professor receives substantial grant from
For Immediate Release
August 27, 1999
A possible cure for Alzheimer's disease or diabetes could
possibly be in the works.
Dr. Charles W. Garner, professor of chemisty and
biochemist at Abilene Christian University, has been awarded
a grant from the National Institutes of Health to
investigate the insulin regulation of Calpain Action.
This award infuses nearly $110,000 over a three-year
period into the university for Garner's investigation of how
insulin action is regulated.
This research project will train two or three
undergraduate biochemistry students each semester in
research principles and techniques.
"NIH is interested in our work because of its potential
for uncovering certain aspects of insulin action and
especially for the potential for influencing young scholars
to pursue biomedical research careers," Dr. Garner said.
This research will contribute to our understanding of
several disease processes including diabetes mellitus,
Alzheimer's disease and muscular dystrophy.
ACU chemists have long maintained an aggressive research
program, currently supported by the Robert A. Welch
Foundation. In fact, all six members of the chemistry
faculty participated in undergraduate research while
students at ACU. Dr. Garner has been at ACU for two years
having come from Texas Tech University Medical School.
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