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Mt. Sinai's Science and Medical Center Opens

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A new center for science and medicine at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York opened on Thursday, housing areas of the medical center's "most influential institutes" focused on genomics, brain, cancer, heart, children's health, and imaging.

The Leon and Norma Hess Center for Science and Medicine has half-a-million square feet of space, increasing Mt. Sinai's research capacity by almost 30 percent, and resulting in the increased facilitation of collaboration between its researchers and clinicians across multiple disciplines, Mt. Sinai said.

The center will be the "focal point" of Mt. Sinai's research and clinical programs, Kenneth Davis, president and CEO of the medical center, said. "The combination of world-class faculty and state-of-the-art equipment and facilities will expand our ability to understand and treat the most challenging medical problems in areas such as cancer, heart disease, and brain and nervous system disorders."

Space for clinical research has increased to 50,000 square feet in the new center, and Steven Burakoff, director of the Tisch Cancer Institute, said that the setup "provides multidisciplinary care right in the building: radiation, infusion, imaging, and genomics will be there. We can share ideas with the cardiovascular institute, imaging, neuroscience, genomics, and child health — and be near the patients."

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