Exterior views of IHP expansion

Opening ceremonies set for Neuroscience Research Building Oct. 21

Upstate Medical University President David R. Smith, MD, will join leaders in government, education and biomedical research in offering remarks at the opening ceremony of Upstate Medical University’s  Neuroscience Research Building, the $72 million, 158,273 sq. ft. expansion of Upstate’s Institute for Human Performance.

The ceremony will be held Monday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. on the second floor of the Institute for Human Performance (IHP), 505 Irving Ave., Syracuse. It precedes a free, public lecture featuring three of the country’s leading names in the study of the brain, to be held at 2:30 p.m. at the IHP. Tours of the building and a reception will follow the lecture.

“The Neuroscience Research Building will bring together Upstate researchers from different disciplines and departments to perform cutting edge research to understand the science of the brain and speed the pace of scientific discovery” said Rosemary Rochford, PhD, vice president for research at Upstate.  “It will also strengthen Upstate’s research enterprise, projected this year to total $34 million.”

Following the ceremony, Susan Hockfield, PhD, Nicholas Spitzer, PhD, and Dennis Choi, MD, PhD—three of the country’s leading names in brain science research—will lecture on how today’s research is leading to exciting new advances in the prevention, treatment and cures for disorders of the brain. The lecture will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the IHP. Hockfield is president emerita and professor of neuroscience at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Spitzer is director of the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind and Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology at the University of California San Diego. Choi is director of the Institute for Advanced Neurosciences and professor and chair of the Department of Neurology at SUNY Stony Brook.

In addition to an efficient, sustainable and open design, the Neuroscience Research Building features the most advanced generation of core (shared) resources and technology and cutting-edge laboratory space that supports Upstate’s research teams, and will serve to attract highly qualified new recruits to Upstate’s biomedical community.

Currently, interdisciplinary research at the IHP is devoted primarily to human activity and rehabilitation. The new, expanded facility will house investigators from various disciplines whose studies involve disorders of the nervous system, such as behavioral disorders like ADHD, diseases of the eye, and neurodegenerative diseases, such as ALS, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Neuroscience Research Building at a glance

The Neuroscience Research Building is a $72 million, 158,273 square foot expansion of the IHP. It is a block long, five-story addition adjacent to the existing facility that is located on a two-acre site bounded by Harrison, Madison, Crouse and Irving avenues in Syracuse. The expansion was designed by Goody Clancy Architecture of Boston to LEED Silver level from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Features of the building include parking for 51 vehicles, mechanical space, loading dock and space for a future cyclotron; a combination of 31 wet/dry, open/closed laboratories and laboratory support including microarray, microscopy and phenotyping cores, offices and administrative space; a two-story atrium providing gathering space, conference rooms, lounge and physical connection to the existing building; a two–story atrium with a skylight the length of the building for maximum daylight exposure; and flexible-design “plug-in” laboratory casework that allows for customized future changes.

For more information about opening ceremony activities, call 315-464-8668.

Caption: The free, public lecture on Oct. 21 is part of the opening celebration of Upstate’s Neuroscience Research Building, (above), the expansion of the Institute for Human Performance.

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