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Biomedical Sciences Building Bridges Medicine, Engineering and Public Health


UF’s new Biomedical Sciences Building — dedicated in May — brings together scientists from different UF colleges and disciplines to advance medical discoveries and translate them into treatments for patients.

The $90.5 million, 163,000-square-foot building houses researchers from the colleges of Medicine, Engineering, and Public Health and Health Professions, creating the potential for new collaborations. Laboratories have an “open” design in which teams are not cut off from each other by walls.

“The University of Florida is already home to the largest biomedical enterprise in Florida,” said Win Phillips, UF’s vice president for research. “By encouraging research collaborations across many disciplines, the Biomedical Sciences Building positions us to grow in new directions — and play a key role in future discoveries that ultimately benefit people everywhere.”

Research units include the UF Diabetes Center of Excellence, the UF Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease, the J. Crayton Pruitt Family department of biomedical engineering and the Rehabilitation Research Program in the department of physical therapy. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science for Life laboratory, a cross-disciplinary training program for undergraduate students, also is housed in the eight-story building.