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West Virginia University and Marshall University have each pledged $250,000 annually for a three-year combined effort to support innovative clinical projects and translational research that will ultimately help faculty members at both schools better serve West Virginia patients and communities, and attract future external funding. 

“This collaborative effort will provide foundational support and structure for our physicians and scientists to advance health and wellness in West Virginia,“ said Joseph I. Shapiro, M.D., dean of the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. “By strengthening our connections, West Virginians and others in the Appalachian region will benefit.”

”There is no higher obligation for either of our universities than to address the health issues of West Virginia,” said Clay Marsh, M.D., vice president and executive dean for health sciences at WVU. “We share a vision of a healthier state and are united in this effort, and many others, to make that a reality.”

Both universities will also maintain their commitments to ongoing statewide health improvement collaborations and look forward to extending partnerships with other entities throughout the state to continue to address health disparities.

Goals & Objectives

  • Stimulate collaborative clinical projects and translational research between Marshall and WVU to address health issues in West Virginia
  • Demonstrate the state’s two medical universities can work together to develop self-sustaining programs to solve real-world problems