The University at Buffalo's new Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) is celebrating their grand opening tomorrow in the Gates Vascular Institute (GVI) building at Goodrich and Ellicott Streets. The building is the latest edition to the ever-expanding Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The CTRC is a biomedical research facility that is designed to narrow the gap between discovery of a disease and the cure.
The grand opening ceremony takes place from two to three in the fifth floor atrium of the GVI. Ceremonies will be followed by a walk-through of the CTRC space, which occupies the top four floors of the building. Pioneering genomics scientist, J. Craig Venter will be delivering the keynote address and will be conferred an honorary doctorate by the school.
Organization of the building is unique because it allows the CTRC to pursue their research in a 170,000 square foot facility and also enables the physician scientists to see patients and work with clinicians in the GVI. The CTRC was designed and constructed with significant input from UB's researchers to maximize this kind of collaboration in order to catalyze medical breakthroughs and innovative treatments.
UB is recruiting more world-class researchers to work within the CTRC; the facility is part of UB's medical school, which is relocating to downtown Buffalo in 2016 under the UB 2020 plan and with the support of Gov. Cuomo's NYSUNY 2020 legislation. A Biosciences Incubator within UB's CTRC will assist UB researchers with the commercialization of new medical therapies and technologies.
Speakers for the event include Timothy F. Murphy (director of the CTRC), Michael E. Cain (Dean of the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences), UB Council Chairman, Jeremy Jacobs , UB's President, Satish K. Tripathi, Sam Hoyt, Crystal D. Peoples'-Stokes, Mark Grisanti, and Byron Brown.
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