Gift to UB Names Murphy Family Seminar Room

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Left: Jessica and Brendan Murphy with Eleanor and Lincoln Murphy; Center: Allisa and Sean Murphy with Evelyn and Nolan Murphy; Right: Vicki and Timothy Murphy

Published February 7, 2020


Individuals who have recently attended a workshop, meeting or program in the Clinical and Translational Research Center’s seminar room 5019 may have noticed new signage at the entrance to and inside the room.

Through a generous gift to the University at Buffalo from Timothy F. Murphy, MD, and Mrs. Vicki Murphy, MSN ’92, PMHNP ’02, the fifth floor seminar room in the Clinical and Translational Research Center has been named the “Murphy Family Seminar Room.”

An internationally recognized expert in respiratory tract bacterial infections, Dr. Murphy is a SUNY Distinguished Professor, senior associate dean for clinical and translational research in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and founding director of the UB Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Mrs. Murphy is a psychiatric nurse practitioner who has devoted her career to working with children and adolescents with mental health challenges in Western New York.

Through this gift, the Murphys honor their extended family and the influence that the University at Buffalo has had on them. Their gift is intended to contribute broadly to advancing clinical and translational research, education and training through the UB Clinical and Translational Science Institute in its vision to improve health in the Buffalo community.

Vicki and Timothy Murphy.

“My hope is that future generations of translational researchers will be inspired by the innovative ideas and work that are shared in this venue, just as I have been since the Clinical and Translational Research Center opened in 2012,” Dr. Murphy noted.

"There is an urgent need for better ways to treat children with mental health challenges that I see in my practice. I would love to see research at UB advance the field of mental healthcare for children,”  Mrs. Murphy says.

Last year alone, the seminar room was used for 510 seminars, grand rounds, workshops, forums, colloquia and meetings that focused on research and the impact on healthcare. It is the Murphys’ sincere hope that this gift will play an essential role in helping to provide our community with the best possible research and health outcomes.