Syracuse – State
University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, President David R. Smith,
M.D. and other SUNY Upstate Medical University officials today broke ground on
a $72 million, 158,000 square foot expansion of the Institute for Human
Performance (IHP). Senator David Valesky and Assemblymembers Bill Magnarelli and
Sam Roberts also attended.
SUNY Upstate Medical Center is already one of Syracuse's largest employers,
with more than 8,000 employees, including researchers, faculty, and
construction positions. In addition to construction jobs, the new expansion
will create an additional 100 permanent faculty and staff at IHP.
virtually every community in New York, and our impact on the local and regional
economy is tremendous," said Chancellor Zimpher. "The expansion of
IHP is about a lot more than just bricks and mortar; it’s about putting New
Yorkers to work, investing in and raising up Syracuse and central New York, and
forging new strategies and setting new boundaries in interdisciplinary
President Smith said: "This is an investment - a down payment - on the new
economy of central New York. The expansion of IHP embodies SUNY Upstate Medical
University's mission of research and service, and it aligns both with New
York's need to push forward with a knowledge based economy and Chancellor
Zimpher's strategic plan, The Power of SUNY."
Chancellor Zimpher and President Smith also unveiled an architect’s rendering
of the expansion.
Opened in January 2000, the Institute for Human Performance showcases the
world's most advanced biomedical technology, confirming SUNY and Upstate
Medical University’s place among the world's experts on human activity.
The expansion will enable researchers to work together in their approach to
nervous system disorders, cancer, infectious disease, diabetes, and
cardiovascular disease through better science, improved treatments and cures,
and new funding.
While originally envisioned as a training center for elite athletes, IHP's
mission has expanded to include all aspects of human ability and disability,
including the impact of aging, illness, and injury. IHP allows once-isolated
disciplines, institutions, and populations to collaborate on research and
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