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Biomedical Research is Developing Rapidly at UCSF, Mission Bay

Posted by BCI Staff on Thu, Oct 11, 2012

UCSF, Mission Bay biomedical research programs are developing and expanding at a rapid rate. Currently, the university has more ongoing biomedical construction projects than anywhere else in the world. Many new research centers and institutes are appearing in spaces that also contain areas for clinical trials and patient care.

Executive Vice Dean in the UCSF School of Medicine, Keith Yamamoto, PhD, exemplified UCSF Mission Bay's core value system in this explanation on the biomedical development that is happening on-campus.

“The pace of development of the Mission Bay Campus shows the determination of the leadership and the vision of the community at large to develop something that is not just more square feet for UCSF, but that addresses the future of the way biomedical research will be done and be translated into something that will improve the health of people,” said Yamamoto.

Biomedical construction and development is so significant on campus at UCSF, Mission Bay, we thought it appropriate to spotlight some of their primary research facilities.

Byers Hall:

  • Home to QB3, the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences, This collaborative effort initially began with fifteen scientists interested in encouraging the relationship between biotech and academic research, spawning both new PhDs and new biotech startups.
  • Research is conducted by UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz and UCSF scientists.
  • This sort of partnership between academic research and new startup biotech companies have helped contribute to a huge economic boom in the surrounding area. The financial impact on the San Francisco Bay Area increased 4.8-percent from the year 2000 to 2009.

Genentech Hall:

  • This is the first building to open at the UCSF, Mission Bay Campus. Construction was completed in on this facility in 2003.
  • The building contains 434,000 square feet for medical research. It is also houses teaching and classroom space. It includes programs in structural and chemical biology as well as molecular, cellular and developmental biology. It also houses the Molecular Design Institute, Nikon Imaging Center and the Center for Advanced Technology
  • According to UCSF, Construction costs totaled $168 million. The facility provides space for 900 life science researchers, of which, 60 are Principal investigators.


Rock Hall:

  • Contains ample space dedicated to medical and chemical research, including developmental biology, developmental neuroscience, and human genetics.
  • The building is complete with 171,643 sqaure feet of research space and contains room for close to 400 UCSF employees.


Helen Diller Family Cancer Research Building:

  • Scientists in this facility investigate cancer’s basic biological mechanisms and have multiple labs dedicated to this kind of research.
  • The facility combines space for medical research, clinical trials, and patient care all under the same roof, which falls directly in line with UCSF's prinicipal values.
  • The building is home to 2012 Noble Prize winner, Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, Professor of anatomy for the UCSF School of Medicine. 


Smith Cardiovascular Research Building:

  • This complex is quite possibly best known for housing the UCSF Cardiovascular Research Institute. It is also home to the UCSF Center for Prevention of Heart and Vascular Disease.
  • The building contains 236,000 sf of space dedicated to research focused on diagnosing and preventing heart disease. Like many UCSF facilities, the Smith Cardiovascular Research Building keeps laboratory research and clinical trials under the same roof.


Neurosciences Laboratory and Clinical Research Building:

  • This complex is set for completion in 2012.
  • The facility will combine laboratory research and clinical trials reheated to neuroscience and neurological disorders.
  • Many research centers will cohabitate under one roof, including the Department of Neurology, the Memory and Aging Center, the W.M. Keck Foundation Center for Integrative Neuroscience, and the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases.


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