University of Michigan Health System expands Kellogg Eye Center

August 1, 2005

The University of Michigan Health System (UMHS), Ann Arbor, will expand its Kellogg Eye Center, home to the medical school’s department of ophthalmology and visual sciences.

The $120-million project will increase the space for vision research, education, and patient care by 50%, according to the university. The 215,000-square-foot building will replace operating rooms and eye-care clinics located in two buildings. Both the current and new buildings will contain research laboratories.

The new facility also will house the Delores S. and William K. Brehm Center for Type I Diabetes Research and Analysis. The research program aims to accelerate the search for a cure for Type I diabetes. The center is named for the Virginia couple that donated $44 million to the university in November-of which $30 million is designated for new research facilities.

In addition to the Brehm contribution, the department of ophthalmology and visual sciences has raised $10 million in donations. The building also will be partially funded by resources from the UM Hospitals and Health Centers.