University of Rochester

Rochester Review
May–June 2011
Vol. 73, No. 5

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ctsbNAMESAKE: A longtime supporter of the Medical Center, Saunders has funded programs to study neuromuscular diseases and other initiatives. (Photo: Medical Center Public Relations)

A Medical Center facility that’s home to the Clinical and Translational Science Institute as well as several research and academic programs has been named in honor of Rochester businessman E. Philip Saunders. The Saunders Research Building was formally dedicated in April at a ceremony attended by New York’s lieutenant governor and former Rochester mayor Robert Duffy, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and other supporters of the project. The naming recognizes

decades of support from Saunders for the Medical Center—including a $10 million gift announced in April to support research programs in muscular dystrophy, cancer, and translational medicine.

“This facility was created with the understanding that the future of medicine will be driven by institutions that assemble the teams and create the environment necessary to follow through on discoveries and make them relevant in terms of improving health,” says Bradford Berk ’81M (MD/PhD), CEO of the Medical Center.

—Kathleen McGarvey