Stimulus grant to fund new lab space at Hershey Medical Center

January 21, 2011

University Park, Pa. -- Research space at Penn State College of Medicine will increase thanks to the nearly $2.8 million awarded to Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The money is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Two office suites on the second floor of the college will be converted from administrative office space into open laboratories, lab support rooms and offices for principal investigators in the Penn State Hershey Drug Discovery Program, which helps researchers explore potential drugs to treat disease. The complete project will encompass approximately 9,000 square feet.
“The new lab space will enhance our current capabilities by providing researchers with access to the latest equipment and a staff of technicians at one central location,” said Kent E. Vrana, chairperson of the Department of Pharmacology.
The project price tag is just over $3 million, with $2.8 million to be covered by the NIH grant. The renovations also will include finishing upgrades to a corridor between the laboratories and a nearby elevator lobby. The project’s design has been completed and is under review by NIH. Construction is expected to get under way in the near future.


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Last Updated March 21, 2011