Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute

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The Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute (HWI) is an independent, not-for-profit, biomedical research facility located in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

Its focus is on structural biology with a strong history in methods development and the application of X-ray crystallography in fundamental studies.[citation needed] Founded in 1956 as the Medical Foundation of Buffalo, the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute (renamed in 1994) came into existence through the combined efforts of Dr. George F. Koepf, who provided the vision, and Helen Woodward Rivas, who provided generous financial support. Koepf was a physician and endocrinologist whose interest in research began during his second year at medical school and continued at Johns Hopkins University. After leaving Johns Hopkins, he returned to practice medicine in Buffalo and became a founding member of the Buffalo Medical Group. One of his patients, Helen Woodward Rivas, expressed great interest in funding a medical research effort in Buffalo. Through her $3 million gift, the Medical Foundation (MFB) came into being.

The name "Hauptman" comes from Herbert A. Hauptman, who pioneered mathematical techniques for determining atomic structure from X-ray diffraction. For this discovery, Hauptman and Jerome Karle were awarded the Nobel prize in chemistry in 1985.

In 2009, it was reported[1] that a researcher at the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute had moved a step closer to a cure, and possibly the prevention, of the most common type of breast cancer.

The institute sponsors the award "Pioneer of Science".[2]


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