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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Plans Major Research Center Expansion in Memphis, Tennessee

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital plans a major expansion with the development of a $412-million advanced research center in Memphis, Tennessee.

According to hospital officials, “designed as an interactive hub of exploration and discovery, the more than 625,000-square-foot center will cultivate transformative research and collaboration and attract scientists and clinicians to St. Jude. Slated to break ground in spring 2018 and open in 2021, it is a major component of a $1 billion capital expansion of the St. Jude campus.”

"The advanced research center will bring together a powerful combination of talent and technology in a space designed to propel discovery," said James R. Downing, M.D., St. Jude President & CEO. "We are creating an environment where scientists and clinicians will have ready access to leading-edge resources and opportunities to pursue breakthroughs in hopes of accelerating progress in treating and curing catastrophic pediatric diseases."

Architecturally, it will be an interactive and interdisciplinary environment designed specifically for generating new ideas and teamwork. Its labs and spaces will enable researchers to collaborate openly and across departments. The center will stream natural light through open atriums and courtyards and will feature numerous interaction zones uniting key disciplines of science.

The advanced research center will feature state-of-the-art labs focusing on immunology, neurobiology, cell and molecular biology, gene editing, metabolomics, advanced microscopy, epigenetics, genomics, immunotherapy and RNA biology. The center will also house cutting-edge technologies and resources that can transform science and accelerate the pace of discovery.

"Every aspect of the advanced research center has been customized to inspire and support researchers who seek to lead and collaborate," said James I. Morgan, Ph.D., St. Jude scientific director and executive vice president. "We have committed critical resources to equip the brightest minds in science with the world's most sophisticated technologies and equipment so that we can continue to speed discoveries that will save children."

"Through our international efforts, St. Jude is working to raise the survival rates of children with cancer worldwide by sharing knowledge, technology and organizational skills," said Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo, M.D., St. Jude Global Pediatric Medicine chair and executive vice president. "The vital work that will occur in the advanced research center will help make improvements in the level and quality of care delivered around the globe."

The advanced research center propels St. Jude for the long term, accommodating growth for the next 20 years and beyond, with two of eight floors slated for future expansion and evolving technology, hospital officials said.

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