August 20, 2004

FORT WORTHâ??University of North Texas Health Science Center President Ronald Blanck, DO, will host a building dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the institutionâ??s newest buildingâ??the Center for BioHealthâ??on August 26 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the ribbon cutting at 5 p.m.

The Center for BioHealth, located on the 17-acre campus of the health science center, will house research and drug development laboratories for Alzheimerâ??s disease and other cognitive disorders; a diabetes research center; a non-invasive diagnostic imaging center; environmental and occupational health, epidemiology, biostatistics and bioterrorism research and education centers; the State of Texas Missing Persons DNA database facility; a DNA paternity testing laboratory; a DNA forensic research unit or crime lab; a bio-safety level 3 laboratory; classrooms; and the UNT School of Visual Arts gallery and museum.

The building construction was funded by the state of Texas with an investment of $27.5 million. A Campus Pride Campaign that has garnered more than 52% participation from UNTHSC faculty and staff, as well as donations from students and retirees is being used to help in the finish out of the building. Campus donors will be recognized at the dedication ceremony. An additional $9.5 million is needed from other sources to complete the building. Currently, 60 percent of the building has been completed. The Center for BioHealth is the first building on the health science center campus to be constructed using funding from a combination of state, federal and private funds.

The dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony will showcase the health science center faculty currently housed in the building and provide a glimpse at the future of biohealth.

â??The building will allow the health science center to play a key role in educating researchers, public health professionals, physicians, physiciansâ?? assistants and other health professionals to deal with the threats of disease outbreaks and bioterrorism,â? Dr. Blanck said.
Click here to download pdf directions to the ceremony or click here for the full interactive campus map.

Contact: Kay Colley, 817-735-2553, 817-980-5090 (cell) or Becky Purvis, 817-735-5152


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