Children’s Mercy has continued to dedicate and develop resources to support both translational and clinical research. At the main campus facility, more than 48,000 square feet of active research space provides an environment where clinical and basic investigators interact, discover, and develop new approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of a multitude of disorders that affect infants, children, and adolescents.
The Pediatric Research Center
The Pediatric Research Center is an approximately 25,000 square-foot wet laboratory space that supports translational research being conducted by 13 different laboratories representing the Children's Mercy Departments of Pediatrics and Surgery. This includes NIH-supported work in Nephrology, Fungal Biology, Neonatology, Genetics, Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacogenomics. It also houses the Children's Mercy Cardiac Regenerative Surgery Research Laboratory.
Pediatric Clinical Research Unit
The new Pediatric Clinical Research Unit located in the hospital’s new Hall Tower is a state-of the art, 5,000 square-foot facility dedicated to the support of clinical-translational research. This unit and its staff of experienced research nurse coordinators supports the activities of our Experimental Therapeutics in Pediatric Cancer program, the hospital’s pivotal role as the Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology core of the NIH funded Pediatric Trials Network and an expanded institutional clinical trial program which is focusing on therapeutic drugs and devices developed for children with both acute and chronic medical conditions.
Genome Center Laboratory at Crown Center
The new Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine laboratory, located in Crown Center, occupies approximately 3,500 square feet, and will markedly increase our capacity to perform genome sequence analysis and research. Most importantly, this state-of-the-art facility, unique to children’s hospitals in the U.S., will allow us to perform a far greater number of diagnostic testing and genome analyses for our patients – a new service available inside a children’s hospital for the very first time.
The Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles and Nutrition
A joint program with the University of Kansas School of Medicine, the Center for Children's Health Lifestyles and Nutrition occupies approximately 14,000 square feet on the first floor of the Children's Mercy Don Chisholm Center. This facility supports both health outcome and translational research associated with pediatric obesity and other nutritional disorders. The Center is unique in that it combines an exercise facility, a metabolic kitchen, rooms dedicated to evaluation and sophisticated nutritional assessment, a 500 square-foot laboratory equipped for the preparation and analysis of biological samples obtained as part of translational research and dedicated space for data analysis.