Translational Science Facility Named in Honor of Philip Saunders
Rochester businessman Philip Saunders, already a major supporter of URMC’s neuromuscular disease program, has donated an additional $10 million to that and other URMC programs. One of the largest gifts ever in URMC’s history, Saunders is dedicating the gift to veterans of the U.S. armed forces. The University’s new clinical and translational science building has been named the “Saunders Research Building” in his honor.
Previously, Saunders has given more than $1 million to URMC, primarily supporting groundbreaking research underway in its Neuromuscular Disease Center. Those funds in turn have helped Medical Center scientists attract an additional $22 million in research support, ultimately helping University neurologists make several promising discoveries about myotonic muscular dystrophy, the most common type of muscular dystrophy affecting adults.
While the bulk of Saunders’ gift will support outstanding clinical care and research in neuromuscular disease, some of the funds will support cancer research and help augment the University’s commitment to translational science – accelerating the development of new clinical treatments based on discoveries made in University of Rochester laboratories. To learn more about his gift, click here.