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Center for Molecular Medicine ushers in new era of research for the University of Nevada School of Medicine

The Center for Molecular Medicine represents the first new medical research facility to be built at the School of Medicine in nearly 30 years.

The community had the opportunity to tour the center and meet medical school researchers at an open house on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010.

Nestled between the current basic science research quadrangle and McCarran Boulevard, the Center for Molecular Medicine will house portions of the microbiology, pharmacology, pathology and physiology and cell biology departments and serve as the headquarters for the Whittemore Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease.

At the heart of the Center for Molecular Medicine is the goal to improve the health outcomes of Nevadans through research and clinical care. The center creates a synergistic environment for scientists to work together to conduct cutting-edge research that leads to better treatments for patients.

The majority of the project's funding -- $60 million -- is being generated through the efforts of researchers from across the University of Nevada, Reno, including the University of Nevada School of Medicine. This funding represents federal funds earned through the research program in support of the University's infrastructure, and it reflects the growing significance of the University's overall research portfolio. Recognizing the need for improved health outcomes across Nevada and acknowledging the role of public-private partnerships, the Nevada State Legislature appropriated $12 million to the project during is 2005 session.

Groundbreaking on the Center took place on March 5, 2007 while general contractor Clark & Sullivan began construction in early December 2008. Completed in the fall of 2010, the state-of-the-art facility doubles the medical school’s research and laboratory space. The Center for Molecular Medicine is also expected to increase the research productivity and funding of the school’s basic scientists, increase its graduate student programs and attract biotech industries.

The Center for Molecular Medicine, designed by Dekker/Perich/Sabatini Design, creates a dynamic research environment inside the facility and dramatically changes the landscape of the medical school’s Reno campus. The west wing houses a state-of-the-art vivarium on the first floor with research laboratory and office space on the second and third floors. The east wing provides space to the Whittemore Peterson Institute, the Sanford Center for Aging, a 96-person capacity auditorium, two large meeting rooms and shared food service area.

The medical school’s basic science research team is not the only beneficiary of the new facility. The Center for Molecular Medicine will contribute substantially to the local economy. The additional research space is anticipated to increase the School of Medicine’s federally funded research revenues that are returned to the local economy by salaries, supplies and support services needed to carry out research.

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