Made possible by part of a gift given to the U-M Medical School by Delores and William Brehm in 2004, the building also serves as the main laboratory component of the U-M Comprehensive Diabetes Center. The gift was motivated by the couple's desire to find a cure for type 1 diabetes, the disease that Mrs. Brehm has been coping with for 60 years.
"We started with the goal of accelerating diabetes research, but our approach was to go beyond creating bricks and mortar and to foster a new paradigm in how medical research is conducted," says Bill Brehm. "The building is designed to enhance collaboration among researchers as they translate discoveries in the laboratory into practical treatment options."
The Brehm Center spaces feature an open laboratory layout to encourage collaboration, shared procedure and equipment areas, a central connecting staircase and centrally located lab services. It also houses cutting-edge facilities for communication and data-sharing among diabetes researchers throughout U-M and beyond.
|SOURCE University of Michigan Health System|
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