In the last 18 months, the University of Minnesota Medical School has hired nationally recognized leaders in surgery, orthopaedic surgery, otolaryngology, cardiology, stem cell research, pediatrics, pediatric neurology, and other specialties. These individuals join the team of talented physician educators, scientists, and clinicians who direct the Medical School’s research institutes, departments, and divisions.
In hiring these outstanding scholars and practitioners, the school has used nearly every last square inch of space at its disposal. To continue to recruit and retain world-class faculty, however, the Medical School must have the resources to assure top recruits that they will have space to advance their research—and it’s not just an issue of square footage. Top-flight researchers need space that is technologically sophisticated, collaborative, and integrative.
Again this legislative session, the University will seek support from our state lawmakers for a bold investment in biomedical research space. Through the Minnesota Biomedical Research Program, the University commits to recruiting almost 200 new faculty members over the next 10 years while the state commits to investing in another 600,000 square feet of vital research space.
Without that support, Minnesota risks losing its top-tier position in the biomedical industry; outstanding medical researchers, who will accept positions at other institutions if the University can’t provide state-of-the-art facilities; and the life-enhancing advances those scientists offer our communities and families.
How can you help? Let your legislators know that you support the proposed Minnesota Biomedical Research Program. To learn more—or to find your representative—go to the University’s Legislative Network Web page.