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URMC Breaks Ground for New Translational Research Institute
Date:10/27/2008

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) today broke ground on the Clinical and Translational Science Building (CTSB) -- a facility that will help accelerate scientific discoveries into new ways to understand, treat, prevent, and cure diseases.

Earlier this year, Governor David Paterson and New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced that state would provide $50 million toward the construction of the building, which is part of a major investment that the Medical Center plans to make over the next several years in research, education, and clinical care. An estimated $300 million will be spent on new facilities, including the CTSB which has a total project cost of $76.4 million.

"We are deeply grateful to Speaker Silver, Governor Paterson, and our local Assembly delegation for their support for this critical project," said University of Rochester President Joel Seligman. "This building will not only help transform medical science and improve health in Rochester and beyond, but it also represents an important community investment in the type of research enterprise that can be a catalyst for regional economic growth."

In October 2006, the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry was one of the first 12 institutions in the nation to receive a Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The $40 million award, the largest NIH grant ever made to the School of Medicine and Dentistry, has enabled the University and its partner institutions to assemble technical and professional resources and build research networks necessary to support the development of new medical technologies and interventions.

"URMC already has a strong history of excellence in clinical and translational science and the research done in Rochester has already touched millions of lives around the world," said Bradford C. Berk, M.D., Ph.D., CEO of U
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