evergreen on drc1_NewsDoisy Research CenterDoisy Research Center Takes Scientific Discovery to Next LevelUniversityfalse20090430T17:48:32Doisy Research Center Takes Scientific Discovery to Next Level $82 million facility helping forge medical breakthroughs at SLUThe state-of-the-art facility is a testament to SLU's commitment to groundbreaking medical research.<p>ST. LOUIS -- One of the shiniest new additions to the St. Louis skyline soars above the midtown landscape, serving as an eye-catching anchor and focal point for the Saint Louis University Medical Center.</p> <p>Yet the strikingly modern, 10-story structure of glass and steel also serves as something else: a dramatic testament to SLU's commitment to fight human suffering through the discovery of lifesaving cures and treatments for a broad range of diseases.</p> <table align="right" bgcolor="#ffffff" border="0" cellpadding="3" width="160"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img border="1" src="http://www.slu.edu/pr/images/doisy_research_center_water_200.jpg" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><span style="color: #666666; font-family: Arial,Helvetica; font-size: xx-small;">A view of SLU's Doisy Research Center.</span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The University's $82 million Edward A. Doisy Research Center is the new home of Saint Louis University researchers working in five key areas of scientific discovery: cancer and molecular biology; liver disease; cardiovascular disease; neurosciences and aging; and vaccine development.</p> <p><strong>Gateway to Medical Center</strong></p> <p>Situated at Grand Boulevard and Choteau Avenue at the northern gateway to the University's Medical Center, the state-of-the-art, 206,000-square-foot building is named after the late <a href="http://www.slu.edu/x19728.xml" target="_blank">Dr. Edward A. Doisy</a>, a Nobel laureate and professor at Saint Louis University for five decades. Doisy was internationally recognized for his pioneering work in the field of biochemistry and his discovery of vitamin K and its chemical nature.</p> <p>University President Lawrence Biondi, S.J., has called the Doisy Research Center "the most significant building project in the modern SLU era" and an effort that, in every way, "honors the memory of a pioneering scientist and researcher."</p> <p>"I know the work being done in the Doisy Research Center will touch many lives far beyond the walls of this structure and will keep Saint Louis University on the forefront of cutting-edge medical research," Biondi added.</p> <p><strong>Inspiring creativity</strong></p> <p>Indeed, the building's very&nbsp;design is aimed at furthering scientific progress and inspiring creativity and collaboration.&nbsp;&nbsp;The 80 research labs on eight floors have a flexible design, with many of them open so researchers from complementary fields can share knowledge as they work on experiments.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.slu.edu/x19495.xml" target="_blank"><em>Click here for more interesting facts and figures about the Doisy Research Center</em></a></p> <p>The Doisy Research Center does more than simply propel scientific and biomedical progress. By giving researchers laboratory space worthy of the lifesaving discoveries they make, the facility boosts SLU's ability to attract and retain the brightest and most promising faculty.</p> <p>Moreover, the building is another huge step forward in the University's effort to revitalize the Midtown neighborhood of St. Louis, where SLU has invested more than $840 million during the last two decades.</p> <p>The building itself forms the eastern anchor of CORTEX -- the Center of Research Technology and Entrepreneurial Exchange -- an initiative to develop a nationally recognized life sciences industry in the corridor between SLU and Washington University in St. Louis.</p> <p><strong>Environmentally friendly</strong></p> <p>Finally, the Doisy Research Center marks the University's most ambitious effort yet to integrate environmental awareness and initiatives into a new facility. Steel, brick and other materials removed during the demolition of previous buildings on the site were recycled. An energy-efficient heating and cooling system; recycled steel, concrete, floor finishes and carpeting; and materials from rapidly renewable sources such as bamboo and cord were used in the sleek new building.</p> <p>A "green roof" -- with low-growing vegetation that requires little care or water -- was planted on a two-story roof extension to help stabilize temperatures inside the building.</p> <p>The facility also includes bike racks, showers and locker rooms for people who ride their bicycles to work, and priority parking is available for those who drive alternative-fuel cars.</p> <p>The family of Dr. Doisy, including his widow, Margaret, played a key role in providing funds for the Doisy Research Center. 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