NIH Grant of Nearly $10 Million to Support Improved Lab Space at The Mount Sinai Medical Center

The NIH awards nearly $10 million to Mount Sinai School of Medicine to support the expansion and improvement of space for laboratories.

New York, NY
 – April 28, 2010 /Press Release/  –– 

The National Center for Research Resources, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has awarded nearly $10 million to The Mount Sinai Medical Center to support the expansion, improvement, and consolidation of space for laboratories at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The grant is awarded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the federal government stimulus package. The ARRA includes an allocation to encourage new discoveries in science and attract new students to the field. This grant is in addition to $34.6 million in funding Mount Sinai has received from the NIH through the stimulus package.

"Mount Sinai attracts some of the best and brightest minds in science," said Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. “We are grateful that the NIH has given us the chance to improve our facilities so our researchers can conduct their groundbreaking research in collaborative, state-of-the-art laboratories.”

The proposed project will support translational research at Mount Sinai School of Medicine by fully renovating the 23rd floor of the Annenberg Building to expand lab support and administrative space, and improve the functionality of laboratories. Renovations will affect 18,621 net square feet and increase active research space from 57 percent of the floor to 73 percent.

The space currently supports $3.2 million in active research grants, which will increase to $4.2 million after the renovation is complete and additional researchers are relocated there. The floor is currently home to more than 85 staff, including principal investigators, post-doctoral students, research fellows, research coordinators, administrative, and other support staff. The renovations will create space for an additional 42 research staff.

By consolidating, streamlining, and expanding laboratory space, the proposed project will enable Mount Sinai to strengthen the collaborations already under way by co-location of investigators working together on projects, and serve as a catalyst for new collaborations and joint programs, particularly in HIV-associated nephropathy, which is a shared focus of all the researchers to be housed on the floor.

“The planned renovations will allow for more streamlined collaborations and eliminate structural limitations in conducting top-rated research,” said Dr. Charney. “We look forward to getting the planning process and construction underway.”

Mount Sinai began planning for the renovation project in the beginning of April and is working with the design team on refining the plans. Construction is estimated to begin in fall 2011.

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center

The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Established in 1968, Mount Sinai School of Medicine is one of few medical schools embedded in a hospital in the United States. It has more than 3,400 faculty in 32 departments and 15 institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institute of Health funding and by U.S. News & World Report. The school received the 2009 Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. In 2009, U.S. News & World Report ranked The Mount Sinai Hospital among the nation’s top 20 hospitals based on reputation, patient safety, and other patient-care factors. Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 530,000 outpatient visits took place.

For more information, visit www.mountsinai.org.