Washington University to break ground on $616m neuroscience research hub in Missouri


Washington University in St. Louis is all set to break ground this month on a new neuroscience research building at on the School of Medical campus, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Expected to cost $616m, the new 11-storey, 609,00ft² research facility will merge, cultivate and advance some of the world’s leading neuroscience research.

When completed in 2023, the new research facility initially will have over 100 research teams, with over 875 researchers coming from a wide array of disciplines such as medical school’s neurology, neuroscience, neurosurgery, psychiatry and anesthesiology departments.

The research teams will work on solving the mysteries of the brain and the body’s nervous system.

The university said that its School of Medicine is touted to have a long history of being one of the foremost centres of neuroscience research in the world and is also a leading institution in studying Alzheimer’s disease.

Its scientists have also identified key molecules involved in sculpting the development of the nervous system and triggering neurodegenerative diseases, mapped connections from brain region to brain region and developed novel surgical treatments for nerve injuries, among other discoveries.

Washington University in St. Louis Chancellor Andrew Martin said: “Washington University is one of the premier institutions in the world in neuroscience research, with faculty known for their contributions to the understanding of normal brain development, how nerve cells communicate, neuroimaging, neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, and surgical treatments for cerebral palsy, among other contributions.

“With this new building, we are able to offer the neuroscience community a central home and a laboratory environment that can inspire entirely new concepts that allow us to grasp a much deeper understanding of the brain and have a global impact on health and science.”

The research centre is expected to inspire entrepreneurial pursuits, as visionary business developers are located within close proximity. It will be located at the eastern edge of the Medical Campus, in the 200-acre Cortex Innovation Community, which is home to several biotech startups founded by Washington University faculty, staff and students.


Image: An artist’s rendering of the new neuroscience research centre. (Credit: Washington University in St. Louis.)

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