The UR Medical Center broke ground this week on the Clinical and Translational Science Building, which will be the newest addition to the UR Medical Center campus.

This building will host the facilities for research into the prevention, treatment and remedy of diseases. Planned program areas include cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders, pediatrics and cancer, among others.

Of the $76.4 million cost of the project, $50 million is being covered by a state grant allocated earlier this year by the New York State Assembly and approved by Governor David Paterson for construction of the CTSB. The rest of the project will be funded from operating revenues and loans.

UR President Joel Seligman expressed his appreciation for the grant.

‘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,” Seligman said.

The Center for Governmental Research estimated that once this building and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute are fully operational, hundreds of permanent new jobs will be created in addition to the estimated 830 temporary construction jobs and there will be an economic impact of $30 million annually.

The 200,000-square-foot, four-story building will bring under one roof many programs and resources that are currently scattered across the URMC campus, particularly those that aid in clinical trials including the design, recruitment and data collection and evaluation processes.

‘The University of Rochester will solidify its leadership position in this area of research,” Dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry David Guzick said.

Cutshall is a member of the class of 2009.

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