President's Vision for Collaborative Research

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NSU research center will tackle diseases |

By NSU President and CEO George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D.
As published by Sun-Sentinel |

Nova Southeastern University, a knowledge-based industry with a $3.2 billion economic impact on the state of Florida, officially opened its Center for Collaborative Research (CCR), this week.

The CCR is one of the largest and most advanced research facilities in Florida. From cancer to cardiovascular disease to chronic fatigue syndrome, this new facility will help us tackle diseases head on—through collaboration—as the name implies.

The CCR reflects an investment of nearly $100 million in Broward County. This facility is about more than NSU. It is an economic driver for our community. The general contractors are based in Broward County. We hire many people based in Broward County. And we are here to serve the people of Broward County and beyond.

Just as the CCR is about more than NSU, it is more than just a building. It’s about the people inside and the groundbreaking research they are conducting to help us find better ways to address the challenges we, as a global population, are facing.

The CCR is purposely designed for researchers and industry to come together, share resources and develop effective and innovative solutions in health care, bioinformatics, technology, cybersecurity and business.

Located on NSU’s Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus, the 215,000-square-foot, six-story, sustainably-built CCR is equipped with wet and dry labs; state-of-the-art research equipment, including access to a high-performance computing environment; and other resources, such as Florida LambdaRail, a high-speed broadband service delivery network with connectivity to other research institutions throughout the nation.

With more than 200 research projects already underway, NSU is classified as a national doctoral research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. This new facility will enable us to achieve even more in the name of discovery.

Through the years, NSU has provided opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in research studies and be a part of research in all aspects, including health care, psychology, law and business. This new facility allows us to greatly expand these opportunities to benefit our students.

The Center for Collaborative Research will now be an integral part of achieving a larger vision to further integrate these fields.

Working with the new HCA hospital that will soon be within walking distance from the CCR and NSU’s Health Professions Division complex, we will further integrate research and clinical trials from bench to bedside.

We cannot pursue this endeavor alone.

Just as NSU invested in Broward County to build the CCR, we rely on the generosity and vision of the businesses and residents of our community to invest in NSU’s work.

As part of the grand opening, we will unveil NSU’s newAutoNation Institute for Breast and Solid Tumor Cancer Research, located inside the CCR. The Institute is focused on developing and advancing improved methods of prevention and treatment to ultimately eradicate cancer.

The gift, which is part of NSU’s Realizing Potential philanthropic campaign, from Fort Lauderdale-based AutoNation brings the company’s cumulative giving to NSU to more than $10 million.

In addition to this new institute, NSU has established several other research institutes and centers using a multidisciplinary, interprofessional approach. The CCRis the hub for this research, conducted at locations throughout the university and its regional campuses located throughout Florida and in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

These include the NSU Cell Therapy Institute (a partnership with researchers from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden); NSU’s Institute for Natural and Ocean Sciences Research; NSU’s Institute for Neuro-ImmuneMedicine; NSU’s Rumbaugh-Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research; and NSU’s Emil Buehler Research Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

With the help and support of organizations like AutoNation, we will be able to foster the next discoveries, spark the next tech start-ups, and, most importantly, leave our world in a better place than when we started.

George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D., is president and CEO of Nova Southeastern University.