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

RMC. "This building represents a new chapter in this institution's proud tradition of leadership in biomedical research and innovation."

"The NIH grant and the support from Albany will enable us to fundamentally re-engineer the way we conduct medical research in a manner that allows us to harness basic research to improve health," said David Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry and principal investigator of the Clinical and Translational Science Award.

A New Academic Home for Clinical and Translational Research

The 200,000 square foot, four story building -- which will be the first of its kind to be constructed in the nation -- will be home to more than 600 scientists, physicians, nurses, statisticians, research administrators, and support staff. The building will contain several clinical research programs and resources that are currently scattered throughout the Medical Center.

"This new facility will enable us to build upon an already strong foundation of clinical research by giving our scientists and physicians access to more resources and bringing them together in an environment that is designed to promote communication and collaboration," said Thomas Pearson, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. "It will also serve as a hub for community-outreach activities which will enable us to develop new ways to reach underserved populations and extend research networks across upstate New York."

The building will be connected to the adjacent School of Nursing's Helen Wood Hall. The two buildings will share and atrium which forms both a physical and symbolic connection between the School of Medicine and Dentistry and the School of Nursing, allowing closer integration of education and research programs.

The building includes conference rooms on the first (ground) floor that will serve as a gathering space for meetings, education programs, and community events.
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