Umass Medical School awarded $2 million NIH grant for lab building fit out

May 31, 2001

Peer-reviewed grant from NIH Center for Research Resources will outfit lab space for gene program

WORCESTER, Mass - The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) has been awarded $2 million from the National Center for Research Resources to construct laboratory space in its new research laboratory building to house the Program In Gene Function & Expression (PGFE), the National Institutes of Health has announced.

The funds will permit UMMS to occupy two floors of space in its new, 360,000 square foot research building that otherwise would have been "shelled" or left unfinished, at the time of the building's initial occupancy, scheduled for September of 2001. With the commitment of funds from the NIH, scientists in the new Program in Gene Function & Expression will be able to occupy consolidated space together in the new building -- key to scientific interaction in a time of rapid change in genetics research.

"This award from the National Institutes of Health recognizes how successful UMass Medical School has become in developing innovative programs to further its mission," said Congressman James McGovern. "The Program in Gene Function & Expression, housed in the new research laboratory building on the medical school's Worcester campus, is clearly a program of national distinction."

"Investing in medical research means investing in a brighter and healthier future for Massachusetts and the nation, said United States Senator Edward M. Kennedy. "The United States is poised on the threshold of a broad range of medical breakthroughs. This century may well become the 'Century of the Life Sciences.' This grant will support and expand the excellent work of the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Program In Gene Function & Expression and help to ensure that our state's impressive leadership in this extraordinary field will continue in the years ahead."

The program, directed by Michael R. Green, MD, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and professor of molecular medicine and biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, and will concentrate on the molecular and genetic basis of human diseases, particularly cancer, as well as the mechanisms that regulate how these disease-related genes are expressed.

UMass Medical School is one of the fastest growing academic health centers in the country, attracting more than $100 million in research funding annually. Ranked fourth in the annual US News & World Report ranking of primary care medical schools, UMMS comprises a medical school, graduate school of nursing, graduate school of biomedical sciences and an active research enterprise, and is a leader in health sciences education, research, clinical care and public service. Based on funding from the National Institutes of Health, UMMS ranks second out of the 10 northeastern public medical schools and 39th among the 125 U.S. medical schools.

To interview John Sullivan, MD, Director of the Office of Research, on this grant, please call Alison Duffy at 508-856-2000.

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