The Johns Hopkins All Children’s Research and Education building officially opened today, making it the largest pediatric research and teaching facility in the region. The research and education building will serve as a center for innovation in pediatric education and research. Located in the heart of St. Petersburg’s innovation district, the 225,000-square-foot facility will feature research, laboratory and state-of-the-art simulation training spaces as well as an expanded biorepository for the collection, processing and storing of millions of biospecimen samples. The new facility also includes space for the hospital’s graduate medical education program and a 250-seat auditorium.
“The Research and Education Building is bringing medical innovation to the St. Petersburg area and will unite some of the top researchers, educators and clinicians in health care,” said Jonathan Ellen, M.D., president and vice dean at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. “Everyone from our medical residents to scientists in this building will be focused on what we can all do to improve treatment and prevent diseases in children.”
The new building will also house the hospital’s institutes, focused on cancer and blood disorders, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, neonatology and neurosciences. A new team of fundamental scientists will also join the organization, seeking to understand the origins of childhood diseases and how to prevent them. The hospital, now expanding its research arm with the opening of this new facility, is already home to more than 350 research studies.
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