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Driving research and innovation

October 03, 2016

The But for Ohio State Campaign helped the university advance research and innovation in ways that set a new standard for the institution.

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The less time you spend with a blocked vessel in your heart, the better your chances are of surviving a heart attack.

But as recently as a decade ago, many life-saving minutes slipped by because emergency responders couldn’t transmit early EKG results to emergency room doctors on the ambulance ride over.

“We had one specific donor who was interested in helping us out. I asked him what he would like as to spend his gift on,” recalls Ernest Mazzaferri, medical director of the Ross Heart Hospital and a two-time graduate of Ohio State. “He told us to do whatever we wanted with the money. He knew that we would do the right thing.”

Through the But for Ohio State Campaign, more than 173,000 donors invested in high-impact innovation. As a result, patients are now getting into catheterization labs 50 to 60 minutes sooner. Below, you can learn about more ways that the campaign helped enhance research and innovation at Ohio State.

A step forward for sports medicine

Crane Institute

In a nutshell: A gift from the Crane family has allowed Ohio State to establish the Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute, which will enable the university to be a leader in sports medicine innovation.

As a former Buckeye football player, Jameson Crane understands that playing sports means you’ll have your fair share of bumps and bruises. Being able to better help individuals overcome those challenges was a driving force behind the establishment of the sports medicine institute that bears his name. 

“I get a great measure of happiness seeing an impact like this made in my lifetime, and am grateful beyond measure to the three generations of my family who have banded together to make this dream donation a reality,” Crane said.

“Columbus has been a very supportive community to the Crane family, and we feel a strong obligation to give back. I hope our heartfelt contribution will benefit this community in a significant way.”

The institute, which opened in mid-September, is a 140,000 square foot facility that will provide new, expanded space for Ohio State’s sports medicine collaborative and innovative programs of health care, education, training and medical research.

The structure include physicians’ offices, large scale human performance labs, sophisticated imaging facilities, computer modeling and biodynamics laboratories, full range physical therapy and rehabilitation areas, and state-of-the-art surgical suites designed for observation and training.

Building better transportation

Center for automotive research

In a nutshell: A $5 million gift from Honda is supporting the growth of Ohio State’s research into virtual engineering methodologies.

Ohio State has been at the forefront of automotive innovation in recent years.

Success stories like the Buckeye Bullet, Eco-Car and the Buckeye Current motorcycle have positioned the institution as a leader in building a more sustainable transportation future.

The gift from Honda in 2013 provided another boost for the university and allowed it to establish the Simulation and Innovation Modeling Center (SIMCenter), an interdisciplinary research center for the virtual simulation and modeling of product performance and manufacturing processes in the College of Engineering

Allen Sheldon from Honda said he saw this path as one that’s crucial to the future of the automotive industry.

“Research of virtual product development and production methods are key enablers to future technology innovations for our customers,” said Sheldon, Honda R&D America’s program director for the SIMCenter.

“By partnering with Ohio State on this endeavor we can more effectively conduct world class research for the development of virtual engineering methods.”

A growing neuroscience power

Rosses and Ali rezai

In a nutshell: Stan and Jodi Ross’s gift led to the establishment of the Ross Center for Brain Health and Performance, which will advance research across the entire spectrum of brain health.

During the course of the But for Ohio State Campaign, the university has made major strides in establishing itself as a leader in neurological research and advancements. Drawing on its broad academic base and powered by some of the best minds in the field, the university has become know as a place where brain breakthroughs are happening.

The most recent step forward was the establishment of the Ross Center for Brain Health and Performance. The Center, which opened in September, will provide life-changing research and education about brain health and performance, as well as start-up support for the delivery of clinical services and dedicated space for the center.

Ohio State’s neurosurgeon Ali Rezai said the establishment of the center will open up a realm of new opportunities for the university.

“The concept of brain health is far reaching and not limited to those afflicted with neurological disorders,” said Rezai, whose work on using deep brain stimulation to help treat Parkinson’s disease tremors and other physical challenges has earned national acclaim.

“Optimizing our brain health and function is important throughout our lives, from youth to advanced age. This innovative center will use research and neuroscience to regain, retain and optimize brain health and performance for people of all ages.”