ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A $500,000 grant brings a revolutionary lab to the Forest City.
"It will expand the name and the recognition of Rockford, not only in Winnebago and the state of Illinois, but throughout the world," said Dr. Alex Stagnaro-Green, Regional Dean of UIC College of Medicine.
The University of Illinois College of Medicine unveils plans for a new nanomedicine laboratory, which focuses on treatments for various conditions on a molecular level.
"It helps fulfill one of our missions. The missions of our medical school are to teach the next generation of physicians and scientists and to move research forward, to give clinical care and take care of the health of the community," said Stagnaro-Green.
On a larger scale, the Blazer Foundation grant funds researchers, equipment and supplies that can change the face of medical care in the forest city.
"Science nowadays is not a solo activity, you work not only with colleagues within your institution and within your state, but you work with colleagues internationally," said Stagnaro-Green.
Health systems, like SwedishAmerican, could also benefit from these advancements.
"Well, if the research is being done here, then we're really happy that it's being done in our backyard and our patients and our community here in Rockford can have access to it," said Salena Kinser, RN, SwedishAmerican NICU.
The lab is expected to open this fall.