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New Hamner-UNC Center for Drug Safety Sciences
Date:9/4/2008

The Hamner Institutes and The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Announce New Research Partnership in Drug Safety Sciences

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced they are establishing a joint Center for Drug Safety Sciences that will be led by Dr. Paul Watkins, one of the world's leading experts in drug-induced liver injury. As founding director for this innovative new research center, Watkins will develop new drug-safety initiatives with academic partners, the bio/pharmaceutical industry, the National Institutes of Health and FDA. He will retain his position as the Verne S. Caviness Distinguished Professor of Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill.

The Center for Drug Safety Sciences is a unique collaboration between The Hamner Institutes, a private nonprofit translational-research organization in Research Triangle Park, and the School of Medicine and the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at UNC-Chapel Hill. The Hamner Institutes and the University have committed to spend at least $10 million over the next three years to launch the center and its research and training programs. A new 14,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art research laboratory that will open in early 2009 at The Hamner Institutes is included in the funding commitments, along with several new joint faculty appointments from the schools of medicine and pharmacy at UNC-Chapel Hill.

The Center for Drug Safety Sciences is the first initiative resulting from a memorandum of understanding that The Hamner Institutes and the University signed on April 18, 2008. This agreement was established to guide innovative collaborations in translational research and to provide new opportunities for The Hamner Institutes to work with the university's Office of Technology Development and Kenan-Flagler Business School on business-development and scientific-entrepreneurship proj
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