If you've driven around Irving Avenue and surrounding streets in Syracuse lately, you've seen a lot of construction going on. But for one building, construction is over. The Neuroscience Research Building officially opened Monday. Our Iris St. Meran tells us what exactly will be researched here and how the facility will improve a scientist's work.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- This laboratory is empty now, but in a few months it will be filled with graduate students and scientists researching basic functions of the brain, as well as brain-related diseases.
"If you think about blindness, so vision is when we think about that as an important thing in blindness. How does the eye see and how does it develop," said SUNY Upstate Research Vice President Rosemary Rochford, Ph.D.
Questions that will be answered through use of this $72 million facility: Upstate Medical University's Neuroscience Research Building. The building was officially opened Monday with a ribbon cutting ceremony. It will have a combination of 31 wet-dry and open-closed laboratories and $5 million in extra equipment, including next generation sequencing and other technology.
Rochford said, "We're going to get microscopy and this is a way to look inside the brain so you'll get better visualization of what the brain is actually doing."
Many research students had to bounce around between 2 and 3 buildings on campus. Now their work is here in one central location.
Graduate student Jonathan Hess said, "Before we were very punctuated in our lab space. Now we have a very continuous layout and it makes it very hard to maybe ignore each other. It forces us to work with one another."
That work could turn into new treatments for a number of neurological diseases like Alzheimer's, ALS and Parkinson's right here on Irving Avenue.
Research is already underway on campus, but students and scientists will officially move in to the 158,273 square foot facility April 1st.