UC Center for Transport and Membranes Hosts Research Update
Published September 2003
UC's Center for Transport and Membranes hosted a short
course titled "Computational and Structural Studies on Composite
Membranes Containing Biological Transport Proteins: A Hands-on Course,"
Monday, Aug. 18. This day-long course presented highlights of the
research of the UC Center for Transport and Membranes, and showcased
opportunities for collaboration across the various colleges and
departments at UC and other universities across the state of Ohio.
The Center for Transport and Membranes was established
in 2002 following a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of
Defense (DoD) Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University
Research Initiative (MURI/URI). John Cuppoletti, PhD, professor in the
Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology is the lead principal
investigator for the grant. The grant award represents a joint effort
between UC and the University of Pittsburgh to study the structure and
function of native and engineered membrane transport proteins in
synthetic membranes. The Center has come to represent the sum of the
activities of the researchers involved in the MURI program and the
"Our research provides enormous opportunities for
development and discovery," said Dr. Cuppoletti. "Many diseases involve
defects in transport proteins. Through this research, my colleagues and
I hope to understand how these proteins work and apply it to numerous
applications, including understanding diseases such as cystic fibrosis,
cardiac disease, secretory diseases and neurological disorders. Once we
know the structure and function we can begin to make predictions and
find new drugs. This will improve the overall quality of life."
For background on UC's grant award, visit http://medcenter.uc.edu/news/cdodgrant.ucm. For more information about The Center for Transport Membranes, visit http://www.med.uc.edu/army/.