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Renovations at Riley Hospital for Children will boost pediatric clinical research
Date:5/14/2010

duct studies that will improve health care for countless children in the future," said Dr. Brater. "For example, most drugs and diagnostics are tested in adults but children aren't just little adults. They respond to therapeutics differently than their older counterparts, and this facility will give us the ability to understand those differences."

After renovations are completed in late 2012, the 18,500-square-foot center will house laboratory, bio-storage, office and other research-related space specifically designed to be flexible and accommodate the growing emphasis on collaborations between basic and clinical researchers and among researchers at different institutions. The facility will enable researchers to conduct comprehensive phenotyping, which is the use of many state-of-the-art research techniques to identify more clearly how genetic versus environmental factors contribute to the appearance and ongoing manifestations of a disease.

"This new facility will significantly enhance our ability to conduct the clinical research trials that test the safety and effectiveness of potential new treatments that emerge from our scientific discoveries," said Mervin Yoder, M.D., Richard and Pauline Klingler Professor of Pediatrics and director of the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research.

Some Wells Center researchers had been housed in the area to be renovated in Riley, but nearly all Wells Center researchers now occupy labs in a research building across the street from Riley Hospital.

"As Indiana's most comprehensive academic health center, research and clinical trials are essential to offering our patients access to leading edge therapies and treatment options," said Daniel Evans, president and CEO, Clarian Health. "This new research facility will benefit patients for years to come by developing new approaches to the prevention, diagnosis and treatments of childhood diseases."

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Contact: Eric Schoch
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317-274-7722
Indiana University School of Medicine
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