• About the Clinical Sciences Building

    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is building a new 15-story research tower on its main campus, to adjoin a research facility that opened in 2007.

    The new building will add about 425,000 square feet of space for new laboratories, a research imaging facility, a research-focused outpatient clinic, offices and supporting infrastructure. The addition will bring our total research space to 1.4 million square feet, making us the largest pediatric research facility in the country. Construction is began in June 2012 with completion expected in summer 2015.

    “Expanding our research space is essential to supporting our world-class faculty investigators,” said Arnold Strauss, MD, director of the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation. “These investigators are developing and evaluating breakthrough discoveries for patients. They work closely with clinical staff to apply those discoveries to improving the health of children here and throughout the world.“

    Strauss added that the building will serve as a bridge that joins research and patient care.

    “The new clinical sciences building will create a physical link between discoveries in laboratories and animal models in our current research facility and their application to patient care in our clinical locations.”

    The $180 million project is being financed through a combination of operating cash and investments, future operating cash flows and philanthropy.

    “This new space will enable us to attract and retain more of the world’s top-notch researchers, innovators and clinicians who want to be at the leading edge of discovery,” says Michael Fisher, president and CEO of Cincinnati Children’s.

    Expansion continues research leadership

    The Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation was founded in 1931 through an endowment from William Cooper Procter, then chair of the hospital’s board of trustees and grandson of William Procter, the co-founder of Procter & Gamble.

    Since then, the medical center has expanded its research facilities six times. The most recent expansion, in 2007, created Location S, a 12-story, 415,000-square-foot tower that houses about 1,500 research employees.  It brought Cincinnati Children’s total research facilities to more than 1 million square feet.

    Supporting future discoveries

    The construction of Location S supported the rise of Cincinnati Children’s as a national and international leader in pediatric research.  We receive the second highest amount of NIH research funding of any pediatric medical center in the United States.

    Our 52 research divisions, including the divisions of Developmental Biology, Reproductive Sciences, Biomedical Informatics, Biostatistics and Epidemiology and others, are breaking new ground in understanding the fundamental genetic and molecular mechanisms of disease. Our Translational Core Laboratory and our Pluripotent Stem Cell Facility are developing state-of-the-art biologics and cellular therapies to convert the latest lab discoveries into potential treatments. And our new Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence has emerged as a national leader in studying ways to accelerate the process of moving breakthrough ideas into widespread clinical practice.

    These are just some of the many improvements in child health made possible by previous research expansions at Cincinnati Children’s. The new clinical sciences building will provide even more room for pediatric science to flourish for many years to come.