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Doyle outlines spending for Medical College, UWM

Milwaukee, Wis. - Gov. Jim Doyle has announced new investments designed to support research, healthcare, and the training of engineers in Milwaukee.

The investments include an additional $10 million to support collaborative research between the Medical College of Wisconsin and other area institutions, plus $3 million to help establish a new engineering campus for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and $500,000 to help design the UWM School of Public Health.

If approved as part of the 2007-09 state budget, the investments will support collaborative efforts between the Medical College of Wisconsin and other institutions in the southeastern Wisconsin region, including the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and Marquette University.

The funding will support the cost of purchase and installation of a new General Electric MRI scanner for expanded research in the Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Center at the Medical College.

With this scanner, the institutions will be able to intensify their research into Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and other conditions.
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The governor previously announced $2.5 million to support Medical College research as part of his “Grow Milwaukee” plan.

The new UWM engineering campus would house the Institute for Biomedical and Health Technologies, and eventually could become the home of the Biomedical Technology Alliance of Southeast Wisconsin.

UWM Chancellor Carlos Santiago is courting investors to fund two new research campuses - one for an engineering school and one for advanced automation research and teaching - away from the university's east side Milwaukee campus. The university has received a $1 million grant from Rockwell Automation for the purpose of supporting the advanced automation industry.

In addition to $200,000 included in his budget proposal, Doyle said he would provide an additional $300,000 for UWM to explore the possibility of a School of Public Health near downtown Milwaukee.

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