March 06, 2012

Donald P. Shiley BioScience Center Dedication

By Sandy Liarakos and Roberta Gottlieb

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Visionaries Donald and Darlene Shiley

On March 6, 2012, we celebrated Darlene Shiley's visionary gift, naming the Donald P. Shiley BioScience Center in honor of her late husband. Donald Shiley was an inventor and innovator whose philanthropic investments in arts and education have enriched many lives. he event was attended by friends of San Diego State University and supporters of the Shiley BioScience Center, including luminaries Dr. Darlene Shiley (Hon.) and Mayor Jerry Sanders.

"Because of Donald and Darlene's generous gift to the Center, bioscience research is accelerating research on the role of infection and inflammation in causing chronic diseases like heart disease. It is their commitment and dedication to solving medical problems with innovation and collaborative-based research that inspire our work, and will make a difference for decades to come." said Stanley Maloy, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Sciences.

President Elliot Hirshman, Ph.D., who joined SDSU in July 2011, also spoke at the dedication."I am thrilled this facility bears the name of Donald P. Shiley, whose extraordinary contributions to the biomedical field will be represented here at San Diego State. I can think of no better way to honor his legacy than his name on this building."

The Donald P. Shiley BioScience Center is an innovative San Diego State University research facility with the mission to understand how chronic infections contribute to cardiovascular disease and other chronic, age-related diseases. In the five years since it opened, scientists in the center have published over 100 articles, filed 5 patents, and garnered nearly $14 million in NIH funding for their research.

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Newly Named Entrance

"My late husband, Donald, was an incomparable man of integrity, intelligence and warmth. His extraordinary contributions to the biomedical world will be well represented by this facility," Darlene Shiley said.She has been a staunch supporter of the Center, giving a gift in 2008 that allowed completion of the third floor, named the Donald P. Shiley Cardiovascular Research Center.Immediately upon its opening, the Center was able to recruit five immunologists whose research focuses on aging, inflammation, vaccine development, and the role of inflammation in heart disease.

"Completion of the second floor will allow us to translate the important discoveries being made at SDSU into diagnostics and therapeutics that can benefit patients," said Roberta Gottlieb, M.D., director of the Donald P. Shiley BioScience Center.The space is designed to support innovators carrying out proof-of-concept work necessary to move basic science insights from the laboratory bench to the patient's bedside.By facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration between biotechnology entrepreneurs and basic scientists, Gottlieb hopes to accelerate the successful development of new technology.