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A Brief History of Rockefeller University
Rockefeller University in New York (http://www.rockefeller.edu) is one of the world’s most influential institutions. This university has produced some of the world’s top scientists and it has housed top class research facilities since its inception. Instituted in 1901 Rockefeller University is located in the prestigious upper east side of Manhattan. The school is surrounded by other powerful institutions such as the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Medical College of Cornell. The auspicious location provides beautiful views of the East River and its only minutes away from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
As the nation’s first institution focused solely on biomedical research, what was originally called the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research is now home to more then 73 world famous cutting edge laboratories. With 23 Nobel Prize winners, 21 Lasker award winners and 14 National Medal of Science winners, the University has proven itself as one of the preeminent clinical research institutions and graduate schools in the world.
Credited with such phenomenal discoveries such as DNA being responsible for heredity, the existence of the obesity gene and the hormone leptin, developing the meningitis vaccine, methadone treatment, finding that cancer can be caused by a virus, the isolation of and successful testing of antibiotics, and finding the correlation between cholesterol and heart disease. The history of Rockefeller University is astounding as they can also be credited with creating the crucial AIDS medicine that has been able to extend and even save countless lives. Their scientists are even credited with finding that adult brains of certain species are capable of developing new nerve cells.
The Rockefeller University history has grown from a 3 year plan for John D. Rockefeller to establish a research center to address infectious diseases into a world renowned university, hospital and still cutting edge research facility that creates new of breakthroughs in science and medical research still today.
Throughout history Rockefeller University has been dedicated to sustaining human life through research and development. They are equally dedicated to protecting the environment and have put measures in place to ensure that their operations and processes are conducted in a responsible and sustainable manner. In fact 20% of the University’s energy supply is from renewable sources. Rockefeller University in New York is a wonderful example of commitment to excellence, growth, development and education. Currently they are conducting studies in areas related to AIDS, diabetes, schizophrenia, cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, neurological disorders, hepatitis C, aging, addiction and many more fields of study.