As medicine is at the dawn of a new era, one in which researchers understand the basic molecules of life and physicians employ that understanding in the care and treatment of patients. The Michael F. Price Center for Genetic and Translational Medicine and Harold and Muriel Block Research Pavilion, became the centerpiece of the scientific advances at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
In June 2008, Einstein marked the opening of the Price Center/Block Research pavilion on campus.To date, the building represents largest medical research facility to be constructed in the Bronx since the College of Medicine opened in 1955. It houses 40 state-of-the-art laboratories in addition to research support facilities and a 100-seat auditorium.
The research taking place in the Price Center/Block Pavilion is at the frontier of biomedical science and has the potential to impact every area of medicine from cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes to genetic disorders, Alzheimer’s disease and many other diseases and disorders. Researchers housed at the Price Center/Block Pavillion focus on genetic medicine and use their laboratory findings to develop medical advances that will benefit residents of the Bronx, New York City and, in the long term, the entire world.
The five-story building is named in honor of Michael F. Price and Muriel Block and her late husband Harold, who have made two of the largest gifts in the 53-year history of the medical school. Mr. Price, a pioneer in the mutual fund industry, made a donation of $25 million toward the creation of the Michael F. Price Center for Genetic and Translational Medicine at Einstein. The Price Center is housed in the new Harold and Muriel Block Research Pavilion. Mrs. Block’s gift, valued at $21 million, is the second largest donation ever received by the medical school.
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