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Oct. 9, 2001 -- No. 495

Officials to dedicate Neuroscience Research Building Thursday

Dedication ceremony

Thursday (Oct. 11), 3 p.m.

Rear terrace of the Thurston Building, Manning Drive

Adjacent to Neuroscience Research Building plaza

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill officials will dedicate the new Neuroscience Research Building, which features about 35,000 square feet of research-oriented space and will house investigators affiliated with the UNC Neuroscience Center.

Speakers at the ceremony will include Chancellor James Moeser; School of Medicine Dean Jeff Houpt; North Carolina Sen. Howard N. Lee; Dr. Frank Longo, chairman of the department of neurology; and Dr. William Snider, director of the UNC Neuroscience Center and professor in the departments of neurology and cell and molecular physiology.

About half of the approximately $32 million that supported construction of the building came from UNC Hospitals, in exchange for the site (formerly occupied by the School of Medicine’s Biological Sciences Research Center building) that now houses the North Carolina Women’s Hospital and North Carolina Children’s Hospital. Additional support comes from multiple sources, including university financing supported by research-generated overhead receipts, the School of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, the North Carolina General Assembly and the Keck Foundation.

The UNC Neuroscience Center is an inter-departmental research center whose mission is to promote neuroscience research with a specific emphasis on developmental, cellular and disease-related processes.

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School of Medicine contact: Les Lang at (919) 843-9687 or llang@med.unc.edu