NSU has officially opened its Center for Collaborative Research (CCR), one of the largest and most advanced research facilities in Florida.
“NSU is a knowledge-based industry with a $3.2 billion economic impact in the state of Florida,” said NSU President Dr. George Hanbury. “The CCR is purposely designed for researchers, students and industry to come together, pool resources and develop effective and innovative solutions in health care, bioinformatics, technology, cybersecurity and business. This is a key part of achieving a larger vision to further integrate higher education research, business and health care for the benefit of the residents of Broward County, South Florida and beyond.”
In May 2016, HCA East Florida received state approval to build a hospital on NSU’s campus. Design of the hospital is underway. Once completed, the new hospital will be within walking distance from the CCR and NSU’s Health Professions Division complex, providing opportunities to even further integrate research and clinical trials.
“With access to HCA’s vast resources for clinical trials and opportunities to partner with private ventures, our university is poised to become a national and international hub for startups and established technology companies, resulting in high paying jobs and innovative discoveries,” said H. Thomas Temple, M.D., NSU’s senior vice president for translational research and economic development.
In order to efficiently address key issues facing humanity, NSU has established several research institutes and centers using a multidisciplinary, interprofessional approach. The CCR is the hub for this research, conducted at locations throughout the university and its regional campuses.
The established institutes include:
• NSU’s AutoNation Institute for Breast and Solid Tumor Cancer Research
• 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-Immune Medicine
• NSU’s Rumbaugh-Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research
• NSU’s Emil Buehler Research Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
In addition, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) occupies the entire first floor of the CCR. The USGS and NSU partner on research involving greater Everglades restoration efforts, hydrology and water resources, and more.
All occupants of the CCR benefit from its core facilities including:
• Genomics Core Facility for sequencing human genes associated with disease
• Flow Cytometry Core Facility for isolating special cell types such as immune and stem cells
• Cell Therapy Core Facility for developing immunotherapies and regenerative medicines
• Imaging Core Facility with advanced digital microscopy capabilities
NSU is classified as a national doctoral research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. More than 200 research projects are currently underway at NSU, including studies on cardiovascular disease, anti-cancer therapies, chronic fatigue syndrome, autism, coral reef restoration, stem cells, disorders that cause blindness, wildlife DNA forensics, and more.
NSU’s research programs are funded by the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Defense, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, and other prestigious organizations and private supporters.
NSU is actively ramping up its fundraising for research with the goal of raising $300 million in sponsored research, service, and training projects by the end of 2020. The university is also in the public phase of the largest philanthropic campaign in its history, Realizing Potential, which aims to raise $250 million for student, faculty and 21st century education initiatives, with research integral to all three priorities.
The CCR was constructed by ANF Group and designed by ACAI Associates, both of which are headquartered in Broward County.