The Korea Brain Research Institute has announced that it will hold a ceremony to dedicate its new office building, on Dec. 4.

The new office building of the Korea Brain Research Institute, whose construction began on Feb. 4, 2013, is located inside the Daegu Medical Cluster in the Daegu Innovation City in Dong-gu. Built on 52,000 square meters of land, the building has floor space of 20,583 square meters, which consists of various advanced research facilities, such as offices, labs, and experimental animal rooms.

The dedication ceremony will be held at the main auditorium of the institute. Some 350 people are expected to attend, including Bak Jae-mun, director general for R&D, Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning; Daegu Mayor Kwon Young-jin; Reps. Lee Han-gu and Yu Seung-min; Kang Dae-sik, head of the Dong-gu District Office; Shin Sung-chul, DGIST president; Lee Eun-u, UST president; Ryu Yong-seop, president, Korea Institute of Human Resources Development in Science & Technology (KIRD); and students and residents. The ceremony will be followed by a tape-cutting event, tree-planting and a facility tour for the guests.

The office of the Korea Brain Research Institute is designed to resemble a human brain and is composed of two buildings symbolizing the left and right hemispheres of the human brain. It has secured a visual linkage between them with an outside space design that embodies the radial synapses. 

The building that resembles the left brain will house the main facilities, such as labs and experimental animal rooms, while one that symbolizes the right brain will accommodate offices and support facilities.

The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, Daegu City and the Korea Brain Research Institute have decided to dedicate the left brain building this year and start to build the right brain building in 2016 to be completed in 2018. The planned ceremony is to dedicate the left building.

Daegu City covered the entire cost of the new building and its land, which amounts to 86.4 billion won, for the first time in the country. The city made the decision, despite its difficult financial situation, to meet its citizens’ aspirations for the development of the Daegu Medical Cluster and the realization of “Daegu Medi City.” As such, the dedication ceremony will be a meaningful event for Daegu citizens.

Seo Yu-hyeon, president of the Korea Brain Research Institute, said, “With the dedication of a new office building for the institute, with state-of-the-art facilities, the best environment for brain research has been established. It will contribute to the development of brain research by creating synergy with other brain institutes across the country. I appreciate the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning and Daegu City for their prompt support for the new office building. The staff of the Korea Brain Research Institute will do their best to make the institute a global brain research organization.”

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