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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) -

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 Campaign.

"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 the college.

"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.

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