Medical Research & Education Building (MREB)

Overview

Medical Research and Education Building pictured shortly after completion of its construction in 1950

The Cancer Research Building (CRB, later known as the Medical Research and Education Building, or MREB) was the first building constructed on the University of Utah health sciences campus.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the newly named Cancer Research Building (CRB) was held in February 1950 with around $400,000 dedicated to its construction. During the work, the Atomic Energy Commission approached the university and added another $100,000 to build an annex for a radiobiology laboratory. A year later, in 1951, the Cancer Research Building and annex were completed.

The work conducted in the CRB was cutting edge for its day. In addition to the cancer research, the radiobiology lab worked with the Atomic Energy Commission to monitor the radiation released during the nuclear tests in Nevada in the 1950s. Instruments were even set up on the building’s roof to measure atmospheric radiation from the blasts.

The CRB was vital in helping the School of Medicine maintain its reputation as a medical program worthy of funding and staffing in the space of time until the construction of Building 521 in 1965 cemented the program’s status.

The Cancer Research Building, eventually renamed the Medical Research & Education Building, has served University of Utah Health well over the years, but the time  came to turn the page on the ageing structure. Abatement on the 70-year-old building began November 2021, with demolition of the building completing in 2022.

Playlist

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbMm9eMTYJ

The Making of the Medical Research and Education Building (MREB) at the University of Utah presented by Keely Mruk


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVLkV86TxPA

Face to Face with its Third Major Crisis – The University of Utah Medical Center presented by Keely Mruk

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1 The School of Medicine: Building 521 Schools, Medical; Education, Medical; Universities, Utah; Aspects, Historical "The School of Medicine: Building 521." Presentation of the history of the School of Medicine (Building 521) at the University of Utah, by Keely Mruk, Research Assistant, School of Medicine Historic Preservation. Project funded by the Office of the Senior [...]
2 Medical Research and Education Building: A Brief History Schools, Medical; Education, Medical; Universities, Utah; Aspects, Historical "Medical Research and Education Building - A Brief History." A brief history of the Medical Research and Education Building (Building 531) at the University of Utah, by Keely Mruk, Research Assistant, School of Medicine Historic Preservation. Project funded [...]
3 Medical Research and Education Building (MREB): Building 531 Schools, Medical; Education, Medical; Universities, Utah; Aspects, Historical "Medical Research and Education Building: Building 531." Presentation of the history of the Medical Research and Education Building (Building 531) at the University of Utah, by Keely Mruk, Research Assistant, School of Medicine Historic Preservation. [...]

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Keely Mruk

Keely Mruk

Research Assistant for School of Medicine Historic Preservation and Graduate Student, Department of History, University of Utah