How UCF may breathe new life into former Sanford Burnham research facility


    It’s bright and early in the morning, and cars are cruising along Lake Nona Boulevard as cows placidly graze on green pastures in the shadow of tall medical buildings.

    A large field of tall grass sits vacant next to Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute at Lake Nona, the GuideWell Innovation Center and the University of Florida’s College of Pharmacy — but not for long. That’s where the University of Central Florida and Nashville-based HCA Healthcare Inc. (NYSE: HCA) plan to build a teaching hospital in Lake Nona’s Medical City, after waiting nearly a decade for approval.

    But there’s still something missing between that future hospital and the existing medical school that would make it a true medical campus: a cancer research center.