Cancer research in Arkansas took a huge step forward with the unveiling of new research labs in the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute this year.
Located on the ninth and 11th floors, the 33,660 net square feet of space features UAMS’ first research labs designed with an open floor plan to promote collaboration and interaction among scientists.
“Research is the key to understanding why cancer develops and in finding new, more effective ways to treat our patients,” said Peter Emanuel, M.D., Cancer Institute director and professor of medicine the UAMS College of Medicine.
The construction project, paid for by a nearly $10.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), completes two previously unfinished floors in the Cancer Institute’s expansion tower that opened in August 2010. Funding for the grant came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 stimulus monies allocated to the NIH for construction grants.