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$10 Million Gift to Transform Neuromedicine at URMC
Date:5/13/2009

aboratory breakthroughs to everyday patient care, neuroscientists working in translational medicine will be relocated together into the current Medical Research Building Extension (MRBX). The gift will fund the renovation of the building's ground floor into 25,000 square feet of new laboratories to accommodate growing numbers of neuroscientists. The building will be renamed the Ernest J. Del Monte Neuromedicine Institute in recognition of the gift.

Eventually, all four floors in the 200,000-square-foot facility may house a large portion of the basic science, teaching and translational research neuromedicine programs.

"The Del Montes' generosity gives us the capital to complete this building in the way in which it was always envisioned: four full floors of laboratory space," said David Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry. "It also allows us to christen this building with a name that reflects the significance of the work that's done inside."

Tackling Tomorrow's Disease Killers Today

According to a comprehensive review conducted by the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the numbers of patients suffering strokes or being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's disease are rising as the population ages and diagnostic techniques improve. It is estimated that cases of Alzheimer's disease will quadruple by 2050, which will make it the leading cause of death, eclipsing cardiac disease and cancer. Stroke, which kills nearly 150,000 people a year, is currently the third leading cause of death, and the leading cause of disability in the U.S. By the year 2050, there will be one million cases of stroke - a 167% increase in men and a 140% increase in women.

"In the last few decades, we've made real progress in the treatment of heart disease and cancer," said Webster Pilcher, M.D., Ph.D., Departm
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