The Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute is known in the structural biology community throughout the world.
Founded in 1956 it has housed researchers dedicated to studying the foundations of disease, looking at biology at the same scale as 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 and represented in our logo.
The Institute has been part of Buffalo and the scientific world for 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. The focus of the foundation began to shift toward crystallography, which put it on track for international recognition. In 1985, Dr. Herbert A. Hauptman became the first mathematician to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Dr. Hauptman discovered new mathematical methods for analyzing crystallographic diffraction data. These techniques have since been used throughout the world to study thousands of molecules whose structures were previously inaccessible. In recognition of Dr. Hauptman’s achievement and to honor the generosity of Helen Woodward Rivas, the foundation was renamed the Hauptman-Woodward MedicalResearch Institute in 1994.
We are the building that houses CURE•OSITY, with a dedicated team applying their intellect every day to the goal of improving the health of others. Our work impacts generations to come. We are supported by Federal Research grants, private foundations, and enlightened individuals that recognize the role of scientific research in creating the next generation of medicine.