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

bridge the gap between the laboratory research facilities and the hospital, neither of which was set up to meet the unique demands of human clinical trials in children, said Dr. Yoder.

"The lack of dedicated space to see children and their families to discuss enrollment into clinical trials and to obtain the necessary patient samples for those trials has been a major barrier to conducting research at Riley Hospital," said Scott Denne, M.D., associate chair for clinical research in the Department of Pediatrics.

The Riley facility will include both state-of-the-art video conferencing facilities and laboratories that visiting scientists can use on a short-term basis. Such resources, Dr. Denne noted, will further the goals of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), a statewide enterprise involving IU, Purdue and Notre Dame that was created to help speed the movement of scientific discoveries into new therapies and diagnostic products.

"One of our CTSI colleagues from Purdue or Notre Dame could come to this new facility to work with researchers at the medical center, performing tests on patient samples from a clinical trial here instead of shipping them back and forth between institutions," said Dr. Denne.

In conclusion, President McRobbie said, "This major investment in scientific research and innovation at IU will help to further strengthen our health and life sciences economy, which is so vital to our state's prosperity."


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Contact: Eric Schoch
eschoch@iupui.edu
317-274-7722
Indiana University School of Medicine
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