Buffalo, NY—The University of Buffalo received a gift of $5 million from the John R. Oishei Foundation to boost construction on a new UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Building on the Buffalo Niagara Campus.
The gift contributes to a state-of-the art medical school and will help equip it with the best medical technologies, labs and classrooms to be used in the education and training of physicians.
Construction of the $375 million medical school is scheduled to be completed in 2016. The project is funded by private philanthropy and state support, including funding provided by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo through the NYSUNY 2020 legislation.
A new UB medical school in downtown Buffalo will provide the region with a true academic health center. This will allow UB and its hospital partners to work in close proximity and collaboratively to transform Buffalo into an international destination for the best medical research, education and patient care.
"The new medical school will strengthen the campus, generate regional economic growth and help to renew downtown Buffalo's urban vitality," stated Wadsworth.
Oishei Foundation President Robert D. Gioia said the foundation's support signals its belief in what the new medical school means for the future of the region.
"The Oishei Foundation recognizes the new UB medical school as a game-changing addition to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. It will redefine our region as a hub for the very best in health care," Gioia said. "With this gift, we join UB as fellow catalysts for change that will dramatically enhance our community's economic vitality and quality of life."
Michael Cain, UB vice president for health sciences and dean of the medical school, welcomed the Oishei Foundation's participation in "shaping a bold era of progress, discovery and promise for the medical school."
Cain noted that a key part of establishing an academic health center in Buffalo will be hiring as faculty members top physician-scientists, who bring with them clinical specialties that the region has needed but lacked, as well as medical training programs in important, new fields.
UB and its supporters see the new school as providing a powerful enhancement to health care in the Buffalo-Niagara region, one that will raise the quality of medical students at UB and attract the best among biomedical researchers and entrepreneurs.
The downtown facility also is expected to generate immediate and long-term economic benefits for Buffalo. Once open, the school will bring 2,000 UB faculty, staff and students to downtown Buffalo daily, a sea change that will increase the population density in the heart of the city while providing opportunities for retail and housing development, incubators, research parks and other economic development opportunities.
Architectural renderings of the new medical school are available for download at: