Hauptman- Woodward Medical Research Institute

Hauptman- Woodward Medical Research Institute

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The Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute is known for its research throughout the world.

Founded in 1956 it has housed researchers dedicated to studying the foundations of disease, looking at the interaction of biology with new and improved pharmaceuticals. We have a rich history of innovation, discovery, and education, and are a founder institute of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Today we are housed in a state of the art, 73,000 square foot facility identified from it’s iconic shape reflected in our logo.

The Institute has been part of Buffalo and the scientific world for over 60 years.  It began in a carriage house. Dr. George F. Koepf was driven by a fascination with the human body’s glands and the hormones they produce. Through the financial support of Helen Woodward Rivas, the carriage house of a Delaware Avenue mansion opened the Medical Foundation of Buffalo. Founded in 1956, the staff included Dr. Koepf and just two colleagues.

After plans to expand, expedited by a devastating fire, the foundation moved to a new research facility at 73 High Street in 1963. In efforts to understand and cure disease the focus of the foundation began to shift toward the science of X-ray crystallography, which put it on track for international recognition. In 1985, Dr. Herbert A. Hauptman (a mathematician) was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Together with Dr. Jerome Karle, Hauptman discovered new mathematical methods to visualize pharmaceuticals, proteins, and how they interact. These techniques have since been used throughout the world to study thousands of molecules – most of the pharmaceuticals we take today. In recognition of Dr. Hauptman’s achievement and to honor the generosity of Helen Woodward Rivas, the foundation was renamed the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute in 1994.

We house scientists in multiple disciplines and describe our work as CURE•OSITY. We apply our intellect every day to the goal of improving the health of others. We are supported by Federal Research grants, private foundations, and many enlightened individuals that recognize the role of scientific research in creating the next generation of medicine.

We are working today for the cures of tomorrow.