The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is proud to announce the naming of one of its newest facilities after Senator Pete Domenici and his wife, Nancy.  The expanded building will eventually house three programs focused on research and treatment for mental illness and other neurological conditions. 

"The expansion of the University of New Mexico facilities will truly help expand care and improve the quality of life for those suffering from medical conditions related to the brain," Domenici said. "These unique facilities will help to develop functional technology to study the brain and it will help enhance the lives of individuals who are suffering. We can all look forward to the many advances that will take shape at this new facility. Nancy and I are truly humbled by the recognition we are receiving."

Over the next year, Pete and Nancy Domenici Hall will expand to bring together three programs:  the UNM MIND Imaging Center, The MIND Institute and the UNM BRAIN Center.

"It is an honor for UNM to call this building the Pete and Nancy Domenici Hall," said UNM President Louis Caldera. "This naming does not adequately express our gratitude for Senator Domenici's support of mental health research and UNM broadly.  Throughout his nearly 30 years of public service to New Mexico, he has been an avid supporter of the University.  In addition to his steadfast support of mental health research, Senator Domenici has been instrumental in obtaining funding for our law school, telemedicine, high technology research, as well as the renovation and expansion of Zimmerman Library, to name but a few."

The MIND Institute was founded by Senator Domenici in 1999 as a partnership between UNM and laboratories, schools of medicine, scientific organizations and research universities across the country including Harvard University and the University of Minnesota. 

"Nancy and I have long been committed to making sure those who suffer from mental illness and brain injuries have access to the diagnoses and treatment that they need. And, while we have witnessed many advances in diagnosis and treatment, we still have much more to do," Domenici added.

"Senator and Mrs. Domenici have shown extraordinary devotion to advancing public health and fostering medical research, particularly in the area of mental illness," said Dr. R. Philip Eaton, UNM vice president for health sciences. "They have never wavered in their passion to see that the best and most comprehensive mental health services are accessible to every American."

Pete and Nancy Domenici Hall is located on the UNM north campus at 1101 Yale Blvd. NE.   Expansion of the existing building is expected to begin this fall.

The mission of the UNM Health Sciences Center is to provide added value to health care through leadership in, providing innovative, collaborative education; advancing frontiers of science through research critical to the future of health care; delivering health care services that are at the forefront of science; and facilitating partnerships with public and private biomedical and health enterprises.


Contact: Jennifer Riordan, 272-3322