Groundbreaking Set for CSU Translational Medicine Institute

The $65 million facility will be named for renowned equine surgeon and researcher Dr. Wayne McIlwraith.

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Colorado State University’s (CSU) newest state-of-the-art research facility will become a reality starting June 2, when the university officially breaks ground for an institute that promises medical innovations by harnessing the body’s healing powers to help animals and people suffering from a wide range of disease.

The $65 million facility—to be named the C. Wayne McIlwraith Translational Medicine Institute—is named for an illustrious veterinarian who has built a remarkable clinical and research enterprise in orthopedic medicine for horses during nearly 40 years at CSU.

McIlwraith, a University Distinguished Professor and founding director of CSU’s Orthopaedic Research Center, is an international pioneer in equine arthroscopic surgery and research into biological therapies based on living cells and their products, including novel protein and stem-cell therapies that help heal injured and degraded joints. Many of McIlwraith’s findings regarding the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of equine joint injury and disease have been translated into orthopedic advancements for people—the succession known as “translational medicine.”

On June 2 the university will host a groundbreaking ceremony on the institute site, off Drake Road north of the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Speakers will include McIlwraith; CSU President Tony Frank, DVM, PhD; and telecommunications magnate and philanthropist John Malone. Facility completion is expected in late fall 2018

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