NEW FACILITY: University Medical Research

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The University of Iowa has a new medical research building and the governor and lieutenant governor were on hand to take a look Tuesday.

KWWL reports Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds went on a tour of the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building. The $126 million building has six floors of research labs. Much of that space will be dedicated to research on diabetes and obesity.

“What a great facility to attract important scientists here to I think to really make it possible for us to train people that will play a key role in medicine,” says Branstad.

The building is set to open next month.

John and Mary Pappajohn donated $26 million for the facility. The rest comes from state funds, federal grants, and other sources.

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