The George W. Comstock Center for Public Health Research and Prevention opened Wednesday.
The center is an extension of Johns Hopkins University and will work very closely with the university's staff. It's named in the honor of a Washington County resident who devoted his life to public health.
His wife and the center's director say they will carry on his groundbreaking work with an emphasis on dementia and cardiovascular research.
"Some of the studies done in Hagerstown really are world leading," says Josef Coresh, Director of George W. Comstock Center for Public Health Research and Prevention. "There's a tradition of doing amazing research in what is not a larger city, but for the size has made incredible contributions to research in the world."
Johns Hopkins University works with centers like this one in more than 100 countries.