Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

IU School of Medicine’s Children’s Clinical Research Center

June 01, 2013

In it’s 18,500 square feet of space, the IU School of Medicine’s brand new Children’s Clinical Research Center offers a unique patient care arrangement. The efficient, comfortable patient care area adjoining the research laboratories provides a space for physicians to meet with their young patients and their families.

The center, the only such facility in Indiana, is housed in Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in an area that previously housed outdated research labs no longer in use. The $8.5 million project was funded as part of a $1 billion economic stimulus grant. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and National Institute of Health Director, Francis Collins personally announced the grant at the IU School of Medicine just three years ago.

At any given time, IU physician researchers are conducting over 80 clinical trials to test new medicines and treatments for children. These trials currently have approximately 6,500 participants. Until now, existing research programs did not have a “home base” and the facilities were not designed with children in mind.

About 2,000 visits by trial participants are expected in the first year of operation, but the center can accommodate thousands more. Trials currently underway cover a broad range of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease, metabolic disorders and others.

Visit to learn more about the new Children’s Clinical Research Center at Riley Hospital for Children.