Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) has received a transformational gift from Ridgefield resident Rudy Ruggles to advance patient-centered translational research at the Network’s Biomedical Research Institute. The Institute will now be named the Rudy L. Ruggles Biomedical Research Institute.
Founded in 2009, the Research Institute in Danbury features a state-of-the-art, 17,000-square-foot open-bench laboratory dedicated to improving the health of the community through innovative translational research. Also called bench-to-bedside, this research method applies scientific findings to create new therapies, medical procedures, and diagnostics that benefit patients. Benefits include the development of new techniques to identify people at risk for disease or who are likely to resist certain treatment regiments.