Cleveland Foundation Grant Supports Advances in Drug Delivery

A $1.5-million grant from the Cleveland Foundation will help researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine develop smarter drugs that deliver targeted treatment for a host of disorders, from cancer to cardiovascular disease.

The funding will support the Case Western Reserve University Cleveland Center for Membrane and Structural Biology, which will focus its efforts on studying the proteins in cellular membranes. These specific proteins control cellular communications— transmitting messages from outside the cell to within, making them ideal drug targets. Studying the structures of these proteins could help researchers develop drugs that can deliver treatment to diseased cells only, leaving healthy cells intact, which means higher tolerable doses and fewer side effects.

The center will use the grant to recruit new faculty and invest in state-of-the-art equipment.