Release from the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) received an
$833,256 donation Monday from the Southeast Alabama Medical Center Foundation
to establish an on-campus research facility.
The research facility is the first campus expansion since ACOM
opened last July. The funding was made possible through donations to the
Foundation's What If? Capital Campaign. ACOM will begin renovating an existing
building on campus to house the fully-functional research facility.
The donation is the single largest gift the Foundation has given
since its inception in 2007. To date, the Foundation has received more than $8
million in donations, with $3 million designated to the What If? Capital
"We are proud to honor the generosity of our What If?
Capital Campaign donors through this significant grant for the ACOM Research
Center," said SAMC Foundation Executive Director Valerie M. Barnes.
"Our charitable organization chose to fund the launch of medical research
because we believe it is going to have a significant impact over time on the
health and wellness of our regional community."
ACOM's interests will focus on bench (basic science) research,
clinical research, medical education research and translational research with
the goal of impacting the field of medicine across all disciplines.
The 2,944-square-foot facility will include a microbiology lab,
tissue culture space, microscope room, histology and anatomy lab, chemical
storage and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) room. ACOM will initially invest
approximately $300,000 in scientific equipment for the space. The facility will
provide ample space for ACOM faculty to begin research endeavors and continue
previous research, as well as the ability to secure federal research grants for
"We are very appreciative to the Foundation, generous donors and
community support for their important role in this expansion," ACOM Dean and
Senior Vice President Craig J. Lenz, DO, said. "This facility will be the
genesis for a larger vision we have to establish a comprehensive research
center at ACOM and become a health sciences university."
Construction on the facility is slated to begin in early June and is expected to be completed by the end of August. For more information about ACOM's research initiative, visit www.acomedu.org/research.