The UNM Health Sciences Center opened the doors to its new Innovation, Discovery and Training Complex (IDTC) today, an 89,000ft2remodeled space for its Center for Molecular Discovery; Center for Digestive Diseases Research; and Emergency Medical Services Academy and Center for Disaster Medicine.

A $16.5 million renovation has equipped the complex to quickly advance the Health Sciences Center’s research, clinical and educational missions. UNM-developed technology at its Center for Molecular Discovery (CMD) will screen thousands of drugs for treating cancers and other health maladies specific to New Mexico’s population. The CMD was selected by the National Institutes of Health in 2008 as one of only nine national molecular discovery centers in the U.S. with a six-year, $15.5 million grant. The NIH provided another $9.5 million in 2010 to help develop the IDTC space for UNM’s CMD.

The UNMH Center for Digestive Diseases (UNMH CDD) research now can more vigorously explore vaccines and treatments for food-borne illnesses, digestive disease and infection, while sharing that knowledge with the next generation of medical practitioners. The UNM Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, home of the UNMH CDD, is a world-class academic center for the study and treatment of digestive diseases, and is recognized as one of the top research divisions in the country, having more than $15 million dollars of active federal government research funding. The UNMH CDD cares for more than 10,000 patients a year.

UNM’s Emergency Medical Services Academy (EMS Academy), which offered its first course in 1972, rounds out the IDTC. UNM’s EMS Academy is wholly unique as part of UNM’s Department of Emergency Medicine. EMS Academy students, who come from all corners of the world, have access to all of the resources available through the UNM Health Sciences Center. UNM’s EMS Academy, formerly located near the Albuquerque Sunport, provides more than 150 instructors across New Mexico. EMS Academy students now can interact onsite with UNM faculty, medical students, residents and fellows from 41 different medical specialties.

For more information on the Innovation, Discovery and Training Complex, visit http://hsc.unm.edu/research/.


Contact: Luke Frank, 272-3322