NYU School of Medicine Dedicates New Research Center

Two-day celebration features presentations by Nobel Laureates and other distinguished guests

The largest and most dramatic addition to midtown Manhattan's eastern skyline in half a century will be officially unveiled on May 24 and 25, 2006, when NYU School of Medicine's Joan and Joel Smilow Research Center is dedicated. The 13-story, state-of-the-art research facility is the first major addition to the campus of NYU Medical Center in more than a decade.

Located at the southeast corner of the campus, near 30th Street and the FDR Drive, the Smilow Research Center will house some 40 multidisciplinary research teams, a mix of current investigators and new recruits, dedicated to such fields as cancer, cardiovascular biology, neuroscience, dermatology, genetics, and infectious diseases. With more than 230,000 square feet of laboratory space, the Smilow Research Center is designed to enhance the interdisciplinary pursuit of translational medicine, which seeks to shorten the journey from laboratory bench to the patient's bedside by fostering collaboration and synergy among researchers that, in turn, accelerate the development of new treatments.

The two-day celebration will feature a scientific symposium on May 24 at Farkas Auditorium at NYU Medical Center at 550 First Avenue (bet. 30th and 33rd streets) at 1:30 PM. The dedication program will begin at 4 PM on May 25 at Farkas Auditorium which will be followed by a reception in the lobby of the Smilow Research Center. At the May 24 symposium six prominent scientists will address a wide variety of topics, ranging from "Genetics, Genomics, and the Future of Medicine" to "A Cell Biologist Views the Immune Response." Among them will be Nobel Laureates David Baltimore, Ph.D., President of California Institute of Technology, and Paul Greengard, Ph.D., the Vincent Astor Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience at The Rockefeller University.

At the May 25 dedication ceremony speakers will include the Honorable Sheldon Silver, Speaker of the New York State Assembly; John Sexton, President of New York University; and Joel E. Smilow, the NYU trustee and benefactor for whom the building is named. Mr. Smilow, formerly President and CEO of Playtex, is Chairman of Dinex Group, LLC, a company he formed with the esteemed chef Daniel Boulud, which owns several celebrated New York restaurants.

"An academic medical center exists, above all, to produce the kind of knowledge that offers hope," said Robert M. Glickman, M.D., Dean of NYU School of Medicine and CEO of NYU Hospitals Center. "In that sense, the Smilow Research Center is the embodiment of our commitment to patient-directed research."

"Today marks the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in the history of NYU Medical Center," added John Sexton, President of New York University. "With its ingenious design, state-of-the-art equipment, and strategic location in the heart of New York City, the Smilow Research Center will attract some of the best and brightest from many fields."

To promote interaction and the sharing of equipment and ideas, the building's labs are separated by neither walls nor doors. Moreover, the building abounds with spaces conducive to scientific serendipity-from the formality of a 140-seat lecture hall and numerous conference rooms to the informality of a ground-floor caf