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April 18, 2012

Artwork captures ‘The Rochester Genome’

four people in front of art mural

A mosaic of historic and recent images chronicling health care at the Medical Center greets visitors who enter the Saunders Research Building. Created by artist Mark Chen, the mural was supported by a gift from David Guzick, who served as dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry during the building’s early construction phase, and his wife, Donna Giles. Guzick and Giles are pictured here with Chen and Thomas Pearson, director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

The artwork, titled The Rochester Genome, depicts the University’s dedication to basic science, the focus on the patient, and the commitment to the community by diverse teams of physicians, nurses, and scientists.  The work takes its inspiration from the biopsychosocial model of human health pioneered at Rochester.

“We hope this art wall, like any piece of art, has different messages for each viewer,” says Pearson, senior associate dean of clinical research and the Albert D. Kaiser Professor of Community and Preventive Medicine. “Nonetheless, everyone entering Saunders Research Building hopefully will feel they have entered a place dedicated to science and learning.”

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