New Clinical Research Center Schedules Open House

April 10, 2008

The University of Rochester Clinical Research Center (CRC) is holding an open house Thursday, April 17. The CRC has recently relocated to new, larger space, enabling it to expand capacity and services.

“The Rochester CRC was in the very first group of CRCs funded by NIH in 1960. It remains an essential resource for our investigators and represents an important hub of the academic home embodied by our Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute,” said David Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry. “This new Clinical Research Center will be a critical component of our efforts to accelerate the translation of science into new methods of preventing and treating illness.”

The CRC provides an optimal setting for medical investigators to conduct safe, controlled, inpatient and outpatient studies of both children and adults. The new location is 25 percent larger, allowing for a significant expansion in number of clinical studies it can accommodate and services it provides researchers and study participants.

“An important strategy of the CRC is to assemble as much of the resources, scientific and professional, in one place so that researchers can focus as much of their time as possible on their clinical studies,” said John Gerich, M.D., professor of Medicine and CRC director. “The expanded CRC not only provides these important services, but does so in an environment that is comfortable and convenient for study participants.”

The expansion includes new private inpatient rooms, a pediatric waiting area and drop-in care center, as well as pediatric and adult outpatient exam rooms. The CRC provides office space for study coordinators, an on-site processing center, and access to trained research personnel in such areas as biostatistics, core laboratories, informatics, nursing, nutrition, and research subject advocates. The space also includes bionutritional kitchen facilities and rooms that can accommodate specialized research equipment.

The CRC is a central component of the University of Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Institute. The Institute was created in 2006 with a $40 million National Institutes of Health grant, the largest in the University’s history. The new Clinical and Translational Sciences Building will be located across Crittenden Avenue from the CRC, next to Helen Wood Hall. This proximity will provide researchers ready access to the myriad of clinical research services and education programs available under the Institute.

The Rochester CRC was one of the first eight centers designated by the NIH and has been continuously funding since 1960. The Center was previously located on the fourth floor of Strong Memorial Hospital. The current location, which is more than 10,000 square feet, was formerly occupied by University Health Services.

The open house will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 17, and will include information about the CRC and its services, and tours of the facility. The CRC is located at G-5000 in the Medical Center (the former location of University Health Services). Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Kathleen Jensen at (585) 275-6409.

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