CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- BrickStreet Insurance Foundation Inc. awarded Marshall University $2.5 million Thursday to establish a research endowment that focuses on occupational and environmental health.
The donation, which will support research at the university's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, will double when matched by the state's "Bucks for Brains" research trust fund.
"Many of our employees are Marshall graduates, so our partnership with the university runs deep, and I know this investment will be used to not only strengthen the university's research efforts in occupational and environmental health, but also to continue to fulfill its mission to improve the health and wellness of our communities," BrickStreet president and chief executive officer Greg Burton said in a prepared statement.
The funding will be used for bio-medical research focused on some of the state's most pressing rural health problems, according to Marshall.
"With this gift, Marshall researchers will conduct work that will span the spectrum from basic molecular research to practical, workplace-based research, finding both laboratory and clinical answers to help improve the quality of life for those in our state and region. BrickStreet has provided us with the necessary funding to get these projects underway and we can't wait to get started," said Dr. Joseph Shapiro, dean of Marshall's medical school, in a news release.BrickStreet also donated $300,000 to the university last year to help support athletics, academics and research.