Workers build out the new laboratories for cancer research on the eighth floor of the Bressler Research Building on the downtown campus of the University of Maryland.
The University of Maryland School of Medicine is using $12.3 million in National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants to renovate research laboratories of the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center and to build core facilities - centralized areas of technology and expertise - that will provide key support services to cancer researchers. The funds are part of $1 billion in funding made available by the federal government through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for construction or renovation of research facilities.
The NIH's National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) awarded a $5 million C06 construction grant to renovate laboratories on the eighth floor of the School of Medicine's Bressler Research Building at 655 W. Baltimore St. Another $7.3 million G20 Core Renovation, Repair and Improvement grant will be used to consolidate existing core laboratories and provide new core infrastructure to support clinical and translational research on the sixth and seventh floors of the Bressler Building.
These new core laboratories will provide "shared services" to cancer researchers and other scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and other professional schools at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Many of these support services benefit the cancer center, which is part of the School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical Center.
"These NCRR grants enable us to build new, modern laboratory facilities and will help us to recruit more top-tier scientists to our cancer center. We are continually expanding our research program to pave the way for major breakthroughs in cancer research, and constructing state-of-the-art laboratories is critical to that effort," says Kevin J. Cullen, M.D., director of the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center and professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
The newly renovated space will be used by individual molecular and structural biology researchers and will also house core labs for confocal microscopy, proteomics, flow cytometry, tissue-culturing and tissue-related services such as histology and immunohistochemistry. Clinical core laboratories will include Biochemical Genetics and a Translational Genomics Laboratory that will support the University of Maryland's new program in Personalized and Genomic Medicine.
Detail from design plan for research labs on the Bressler building eighth floor. Click on the image to see it full-size.
The renovation on the eighth floor of the Bressler Building is now underway and is scheduled to completed in May 2012. The construction on the sixth and seventh floors will begin upon completion of the eighth floor renovations and is expected to be finished by August 2013.
The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, which was named a National Cancer Institute-designated center in 2008, has more than 200 physicians and researchers and total research funding of nearly $74 million. It offers a full range of treatments for all types of cancer and is listed as one of U.S. News & World Report's top 50 cancer centers.