Federal Stimulus Funding aids UNMC research facilities
UNMC received more than $21 million in federal stimulus funding, highlighted by an $8 million award that is renovating the Eppley Cancer Institute building.
The grant is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center for Research Resources under the provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
UNMC Chancellor Harold M. Maurer, M.D., said he is grateful to Congress for providing the stimulus funds for vital projects.
"In striving to achieve world-class status, UNMC needs state-of-the-art laboratories for its scientists," Dr. Maurer said. The renovations taking place in the Eppley Institute are evidence that UNMC is committed to giving its scientists the facilities needed to conduct their life-saving work, he added.
The project, which is scheduled for completion in 2012, will replace deteriorating systems and renovate labs in the nearly 50-year old building.
The renovation will substantially improve practically every facet of the building and transform the environment, said Ken Cowan, M.D, Ph.D., director of the UNMC Eppley Cancer Center.
"Ultimately, cancer research will be enhanced and expanded, which will benefit patients," he said.