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UM researchers tackling COVID, other challenges in new space this year

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Posted at 11:15 AM, Jan 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-18 13:15:46-05

MISSOULA — With COVID-19, and other serious health issues facing humanity right now, the University of Montana continues to be one of the fastest-growing medical research facilities in the region.

The recent completion of the move into a gleaming new space is helping to clear the way for more advancement.

UM's fledging Center for Transitional Medicine was operating in aging, crowded labs on the south side of campus as recently as last spring.

That wasn't keeping up with the growth of the program, which has its roots in the private medical research sector here in Western Montana.

But now, the program has transitioned to a new, much more spacious lab in the Skagg's Building on the south side of campus.

That's created an efficient facility where researchers are completely equipped -- and dealing with issues such as COVID-19 and opioid addiction.

“The University has always been very supportive of our program since we started here. I'm closing in on five years ago now. The original space that we were allocated to in the health scientists building just across the way here," said UM Center for Transitional Medicine Director Dr. Jay Evans.

"We've outgrown it with our 45 researchers, so the University has made room for us over here in the Skaggs Building," Dr. Evans continued. We have more space in a new home and room to grow, which has been great for my team.”

Click here to learn more about the University of Montana Center for Transitional Medicine.