UB Opens New Research Facility Downtown

September 20, 2012 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 3:51 PM EDT

By WKBW News

September 20, 2012 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 3:51 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW-TV) - The University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences opened their Clinical and Translational Research Center in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Thursday afternoon. The new CTRC is an important step in the relocation of UB's medical school to downtown Buffalo.

"We are planning for the medical school to move here in 2016," said Dr. Satish Tripathi, University at Buffalo President. "We are working hard to get the building started next year so this is definitely a major step in moving downtown."

The CTRC is a unique 170,000-square-foot research facility that allows UB's physician-scientists to do their research upstairs in the CTRC and to see patients and work with clinicians downstairs in Kaleida Health's Gates Vascular Institute and at Buffalo General Medical Center, the new planned Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

"The goal of the research in this building is develop new drugs, new diagnostic tests and new ways to prevent disease," said Dr. Timothy Murphy, director of the CTRC.

"This is exactly how we look at the 21st century in terms of patient care," said Tripathi, "but also in terms of technology development and really going back to the patient and doing a better job with them."

In total this new facility and planned medical school will create more than 3,000 jobs placing Buffalo and the university on the global map.

"Serving as a recruitment beacon to attract international recognized leaders in medicine and science to buffalo to assume leadership positions in the school," said Dr. Michael Cain, Vice President for Health and Sciences.