Understanding Disease and Other Disorders: Applied Chemical Biology and Study of Autism

Youngstown State University

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Center for Applied Chemical Biology (CACB) at Youngstown State University represents a Center of Excellence with highly skilled, research-active faculty and students from a variety of disciplines, including areas related to public health. The technological capabilities of the CACB serve to explore the fundamental mechanisms of cellular growth and metabolism; generate new biomaterials for use in industrial and medical applications; discover new targets for potential therapeutic interventions; develop novel chemical and biological interventions for treating diseases as well as remediating environmental challenges; and design and implement advanced techniques to assist forensic and bioengineering investigations.

Youngstown State University's Paula and Anthony Rich Center of Excellence for the Study of Autism is the only center for autism located directly on an Ohio university campus, providing services to children and their families and enabling direct access for YSU faculty and students to learn about and study autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The primary mission of the Center is to improve the lives of individuals with autism and their families through the creation, use, and enhancement of research-based educational programs specifically designed to enhance individuals' opportunities to achieve their full potential.

Driving Economic Advancement

Center for Applied Chemical Biology, through both basic and applied investigations, is uniquely poised to make significant contributions not only to a better understanding of disease processes and their therapies, but also to developing the economic and intellectual infrastructure of Northeastern Ohio, particularly within the Cleveland-Pittsburgh TechBelt.

The Rich Center of Excellence for the Study of Autism has a sound track record of over 14 years of funding procurement and service provision to children with ASD. With the opportunity for further investment by the state and the University, the Center is positioned to become a national center for ASD research and education for pre-service and practicing professionals in fields of health care, psychology, special education, and counseling; and a service model to replicate nationwide.

Benchmarks

  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at regional, national, and international conferences
  • External grant proposals, both funded and submitted for consideration
  • Collaborations, including regional, national, and international relationships
  • Regional, national, and international outreach regarding research, treatment, and understanding of autism spectrum disorder
  • Community outreach activities and workforce development

Goals

  • Strengthen established core research projects by hiring support staff (postdoctoral fellows and research technicians)
  • Support and submit research proposals to extramural funding agencies
  • Create collaborative research opportunities in the study and treatment of autism spectrum disorders
  • Recruit qualified graduate and undergraduate students, and provide training, internships, and fellowships in the fields of chemical biology and autism
  • Hire new research faculty with expertise in plant molecular biology and bioorganic chemistry/synthesis; and in the study and treatment of autism spectrum disorders
  • Formalize industrial/commercial partnerships in economic-development activities
  • Formalize partnerships for the study and treatment of autism within the medical and workforce community

Metrics

  • Number and quality of publications in peer-reviewed journals and elsewhere and presentations at regional, national, and international conferences
  • Number and amount of external grant proposals, both funded and submitted for consideration
  • Number and quality of collaborations, including regional, national, and international relationships
  • Number and quality of community outreach activities