From the Wires
Opening Dedication of the New John G. Rangos Sr. Research Center at the New Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Campus in Lawrenceville
By: PR Newswire
Oct. 29, 2008 10:30 AM
Research building marks the first completed phase of the new Children's Hospital campus
With more than 300,000 square feet of space, the new center will serve as the hub of pediatric health research for the region. The center - double the size of the current location - will enhance the hospital's ability to recruit top researchers from around the world.
Research is fundamental to Children's Hospital's mission, one that ties clinical care to both research and education.
The new facility will support biomedical research, including pediatric cancer, diabetes, heart disease, liver failure, childhood infection and inflammatory diseases, genomics, immunology and neuroscience, among other fields. The new flexible lab space can accommodate 70 principal investigators.
"The flexible open lab design facilitates the kind of collaborative interaction between investigators and laboratory groups that is necessary for major research advances in the 21st century. It also permits sharing of equipment to drive down the cost of research," said
Children's Hospital's research heritage includes contributions to medical science dating back to Jonas Salk's historic polio vaccine.
"Dr. Perlmutter has transformed the research program at Children's Hospital into one of the fastest growing pediatric research programs in the country. He leads both by clearly focused vision and by his own example of groundbreaking work on the pathobiology of liver disease," said
There are more than 350 scientists and clinicians dedicated to research, and 16 endowed chairs supporting groundbreaking research. Each Children's Hospital investigator is a full-time member of the of the
"There is nothing worse than a child suffering from a debilitating disease or illness. One way to help build a healthy and strong tomorrow is by supporting research that can help find cures for childhood diseases today," said
Under the leadership of Dr. Perlmutter, the research program at Children's Hospital is now ranked sixth in the nation in terms of the overall number of National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards. In the last 8 years, research funding to Children's Hospital from the NIH has increased from less than
"This building will provide the space for Children's Hospital to continue to recruit the finest child health researchers in the country and also from other countries and also to focus on the development of young and promising scientists who will carry out child health research well into the future," said Dr. Perlmutter. "We believe the new research center will have a major impact through basic research on the concepts that produce quantum leaps in improving the health of children."
"Mr. Rangos is not only committed to pediatric health care, he truly understands the importance of research and how it can make an impact on pediatric care nationwide," said
The new research building is housed next to the new Children's Hospital, scheduled to open
For more information about the new
SOURCE Children?s Hospital of
SOA World Latest Stories
Subscribe to the World's Most Powerful Newsletters
Subscribe to Our Rss Feeds & Get Your SYS-CON News Live!
SYS-CON Featured Whitepapers
Most Read This Week