Our Priorities

Medicine

Goal

Raise $45 million in new support for medicine, including 30 new endowed funds for faculty, research, and academic support, and additional funding for clinical and hospital priorities.

Faculty and student support are foundational priorities for our Medical Center. In addition to neuroscience and RNA biology, two additional priorities in medicine include cancer and musculoskeletal disease and injury.

The Wilmot Cancer Institute
The Wilmot Cancer Institute (WCI) is the number one provider of cancer care in New York State outside of the New York City region. With $20 million in NIH funding and an expansive clinical network, WCI is well positioned to develop and deliver life-saving discoveries to people in the Rochester region and beyond.

As we continue to pursue progressive cancer treatments, we must invest $50 million to recruit and retain the best and brightest faculty, fund promising research projects, foster collaborative science, and advance clinical trials. WCI research benefits people of all ages, including the thousands of pediatric patients treated at our Golisano Children’s Hospital each year.

This strategic investment in talented people and promising programs will elevate WCI to the ranks of other leading cancer centers in the country and lead to a future in which more patients are not only surviving cancer, but living fuller lives after treatment.

The Musculoskeletal Institute
Our Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation is dedicated to, and passionate about, reducing the incidence of musculoskeletal disease and injury and the burden they place on people worldwide.

We have one of the country’s foremost musculoskeletal research programs, outstanding comprehensive care teams, and one of the largest and best training programs for New York’s young surgeons. We offer 20 clinical programs, many of which drive national care standards.

The University plans to launch a new Musculoskeletal Institute that will leverage this interdisciplinary expertise. By combining our strengths in musculoskeletal research, clinical care, and education with the medical, engineering, and data science resources across the University, we will make new treatments a reality.


Cells have a system of ‘checks and balances’ in place to keep us healthy. We’re working to understand what goes wrong with this system on the molecular level so that we can figure out how to correct it.

Lynne Maquat, PhD
J. Lowell Orbison Distinguished Service Alumni Professor and Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics

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Cells have a system of ‘checks and balances’ in place to keep us healthy. We’re working to understand what goes wrong with this system on the molecular level so that we can figure out how to correct it.

Lynne Maquat, PhD
J. Lowell Orbison Distinguished Service Alumni Professor and Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics

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The University of Rochester Medical Center is home to approximately 3,000 professionals who conduct research on everything from cancer and heart disease to Parkinson’s, pandemic influenza and autism.

Collaborating across many centers, institutes, and labs, our scientists have developed therapies that have improved human health in the region and across the globe. On the clinical side, our doctors, nurses, dentists and other healthcare specialists are responsible for nearly three million visits each year.

Biochemist Lynne E. Maquat, PhD, is the founding director of the Center for RNA Biology: From Genome to Therapeutics. Her work exemplifies our momentum in medicine. Maquat recently won the prestigious Canada Gairdner International Award, which recognizes outstanding biomedical scientists who have made original contributions to medicine that increase our understanding of human biology and disease. Maquat has maintained continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health, published more than 150 papers and reviews, and mentored more than 50 students and postdoctoral fellows.

Other Priorities

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Faculty

Our faculty take on the wicked problems of the world, fearlessly. Support for faculty is fundamental to our continued growth and prominence and helps advance new research and discovery.

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Students

Rochester students share a desire to be themselves, to study what they love, and to make a real difference in the world. Increasing scholarship support for students is critical to our mission.

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Programs of Excellence

With seven schools, nearly 12,000 students, a leading academic medical center, and the nation’s premier optics institute, the University of Rochester is a place where the exceptional gets better.

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