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$616 million neuroscience building planned at Washington U.

March 6, 2020 GMT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Washington University will spend more than $600 million to build an 11-story neuroscience building in St. Louis that will be among the nation’s largest properties of its kind.

The university said Friday that construction will begin this month on the School of Medicine campus, allowing the university to bring together more than 100 research teams focused on brain and nervous system research.

Those teams consist of 875 researchers from the medical school’s departments of neurology, neuroscience, neurosurgery, psychiatry and anesthesiology. They’re expected to move into the new building by late 2023.

“With this new building, we are able to offer the neuroscience community a central home and a laboratory environment that can inspire entirely new concepts that allow us to grasp a much deeper understanding of the brain and have a global impact on health and science,” Chancellor Andrew D. Martin said in a statement.

David H. Perlmutter, MD, executive vice chancellor for medical affairs, said understanding the brain is the key to addressing many of the worst afflictions.

“So many of us have been touched by the inexorable decline of our loved ones due to diseases and conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, brain trauma, glioblastoma and severe mental illness, and we have learned that the development of effective therapies has proven formidable,” Perlmutter said in a statement. “As scientists, we believe that a deeper understanding of cognition and emotional regulation can help us address major public health problems such as obesity, substance abuse, depression and suicide.”