Media Coverage

1/23/18
Teaching, research and clinical work got off to an official start Monday in the new Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building downtown, with Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul visiting to talk with students about the historical significance of the day. “We had a great world-class economy at the time when the first class came here in 1847, the 66 first individuals who sat in downtown Buffalo. Buffalo was an emerging community — it was on the rise,” Hochul said. “It became the home to the highest per capita millionaires in the country. We hosted the Pan-American Exhibition — it was a shining bright light to the rest of the world.”
1/19/18
An article about what’s next for the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus reports the December opening of the new downtown home of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences marked a turning point for the campus, and notes that workers are putting the finishing touches on the new building, which opened to students in early January. Other projects will include the campus’ ninth skybridge linking the medical school building to the Conventus medical office building.
1/16/18
Recent articles detail the opening of the new $375 million, 628,000-square-foot Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building in downtown Buffalo.
1/15/18
The new downtown home of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has been a lofty project, to say the least. The building’s mechanical, HVAC and plumbing work — the heart of the facility — is on an enormous scale. “At the peak of this job we had about 170 of our workers on the site,” said Matt Peters, the project manager for John W. Danforth Co., a mechanical contracting company based in Tonawanda. “It’s the single largest contract we’ve ever executed in our 133-year history.”
1/6/18
A feature story on the new Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building and the impact it is expected to have on medical education at UB quotes Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School; Alan J. Lesse, MD, senior associate dean for medical curriculum and associate professor of medicine; and Kelly Hayes McAlonie, director of campus planning at UB. “We can take advantage of the building. We can look at courses taught in the traditional lecture format and change that to teach in an interactive learning manner, small groups or simulation,” Cain said.
12/22/17
In a Q&A interview, Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, describes the years of planning for the new building downtown and discusses the benefits to students, physicians, researchers and patients. “Everyone who works at an academic health center has to wake up every morning and say this is the place where we want people to come to learn. This is the place where new knowledge of some type is going to be created, and this is the place, if any of us need a physician, where I want to go because I'm not just getting standard of care but, if needed, have the opportunity to participate in new directions for treatment,” Cain said.
12/20/17
Various local and national media outlets reported on the grand opening of the new home of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. More than 500 people attended the ceremony for the spectacular new facility, including Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul. “We’re celebrating the grand opening of much more than a new building today. This is the start of a new era for UB, for our medical school and for this entire region,” said Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president of health sciences and dean of the medical school.
12/15/17
While the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences celebrated the grand opening of its new $375 million downtown medical school building on Dec. 12, exterior finishing work on the building’s Main Street canopy and other details won’t completely wrap up until early in 2018.
12/6/17
The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has begun its move downtown, which is being done in several phases. “It’s a thoughtful, coordinated move,” said Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president of health sciences and dean of the medical school. “We designed this move to take several months on purpose. It’s a complex move and we can’t interrupt classes once they’ve started.”
12/6/17
A front-page article reports on the new downtown home of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, which will be dedicated on Dec. 12 and open to students on Jan. 8. The article quotes Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School. “Hundreds of people discussed and gave ideas about what the medical school should look like, and what the research and education venues should be and how they should be configured,” Cain said. 
11/30/17
An article in Business First reports UB will officially open its new Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building on Dec. 12 during a ceremony that is expected to include state and local dignitaries, and includes a slideshow featuring the building. The article notes that the 628,000-square-foot, $375 million facility represents a return downtown after 64 years on the South Campus, and that the finishing touches are being put on the interior and students will begin taking classes there in January.
11/16/17
The University at Buffalo was given the green light to acquire the property on which its new $375 million Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building now sits. Classes in the new medical school start in January.
11/1/17
An article on construction of the new Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building notes that the grand opening is scheduled for December, with students slated to begin using the building in January. The new medical school building houses modular 21st century learning environments that include updated classrooms and laboratories. The design features two L-shaped structures linked by a six-story, light-filled glass atrium.
10/16/17
Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, talks about the construction of the school’s new building downtown and the 25 percent increase in enrollment in the school this year to help address the regional and national physician shortage. “Part of this vision of continuing to increase excellence in health care delivery in Western New York was doing these three things: we are moving the medical school, we are building a new one specially designed to be 21st century and we are building programs that attract students here and keep students here and allow us to recruit the best physician-scientists.”
10/2/17
UB has established a website to assist in the transition of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to the new building located in downtown Buffalo. The website includes information about the impact on the community, on research and on patient care, as well as the impact on medical education at UB.