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The Need for Three

Over the past 10 years, research at Nationwide Children’s has multiplied faster than bacteria in a petri dish. The numbers speak for themselves...  

employees supporting research 315 900
square footage 135,500 300,000
principal investigators 43 130
research fellows 32 55
graduate students 9 55
patents 9 16
active IRB studies 410 955
publications 206 575

One of the fastest growing pediatric research centers in the United States, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is in need of more space — it’s as simple as that.

Without a new building, Research will soon face a major recruitment challenge: no available lab or office space to dedicate to new researchers. The number of faculty scientists alone has quadrupled in the last 10 years and external funding has tripled from $20 million in 2000 to more than $65 million in 2009. Fortunately, the additional space offered by the third research building, Research III, will help ensure that Columbus is home to the best pediatric health care in the nation.

Construction crews broke ground in early January and the building is expected to be open and operational in 2012 — a very significant year since the new main hospital will also be opening that year. The six-floor, 225,000-square-foot facility will sit at the corner of Parsons and Livingston Avenue. The building’s exterior is being designed to complement the new main hospital – not duplicate – and a new green space to the West of the building will replace a good portion of the parking lot once known as W-23.

The building will be LEED certified and engineers are looking at a number of innovative ways to be "green" and limit the amount of energy the new building will require. One notable plan is to reuse some high-cost equipment which will no longer be needed by the hospital thanks to the new Central Energy Plant. By chance, two newer generators, two chillers and a 10,000 gallon fuel oil tank, which the hospital already owns, are appropriately sized for reuse in RB III. These items will save the hospital somewhere in the neighborhood of $750,000 and there is nothing greener than keeping things out of the landfill and not having to manufacture a new item.

Research III is just the beginning of The Research Institute’s planned expansion. By 2025, Nationwide Children’s will have at least four facilities dedicated to cutting-edge research.

As one of the five rays in our Strategic Plan, research plays an important role in the care given at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, especially with the hospital’s mission-critical areas.

The following Centers will call Research III home...

Battelle Center for Mathematical Medicine
A primary goal of the Center is to provide a unique environment in which specialists from a variety of mathematical, statistical and computational areas can work together in order to facilitate creative collaborative research within the group. Another key goal is to engage in collaborative research with investigators from the other research Centers.

Center for Cardiovasc ular and Pulmonary Research
The mission of the Center is to conduct innovative, mechanism-based research leading to improved therapies and outcomes for pediatric cardiovascular diseases and to foster preventive strategies and promote cardiovascular health in adults. Some of the Center’s projects include sepsis-related heart failure research, cardiovascular function and diabetes as well as cardiac surgery and the stress response.

Center for Perinatal Research
The mission of the Center for Perinatal Research is to prevent premature delivery and to improve the outcomes of critically ill neonates and children through innovative interdisciplinary basic and translational research. Basic science programs focus on molecular mechanisms of lung development and injury, digestive diseases, infection and inflammation, as well as pulmonary hypertension; with a particular focus on bronchopulmonary dysplasia and necrotizing enterocolitis.

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