Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation unveils new research home at Children's National

Researchers, biomedical engineers, and clinicians from the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation have moved into new state-of-the-art collaborative research space at Children’s National Medical Center.

(Photo: Dr. Newman welcomes faculty and staff to the Institute's new research space.)

The new 22,000-square-foot institute is located on the top floor of Children’s National, at the Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Children’s Medicine. An “Institute without Walls,” the floor plan breaks down traditional research silos by creating open concept, modular areas that can adapt to changing priorities and allow research teams to easily connect with their neighbors. Key features include easy pass-throughs from traditional wet labs to bioengineering spaces, research offices, and meeting rooms, walls of glass instead of plaster, and curved whiteboard Innovation Walls at key gathering places to foster the sharing of ideas.

“This effort, and the concept for this research space, is centered around the people who work here,” said Kurt D. Newman, MD, senior vice president of the Sheikh Zayed Institute and the Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care. “This Institute is a perfect example of how vision, collaboration, and philanthropy can come together to benefit children around the world, and it’s exciting to see these ideas come to life in the new space.”

Read the media release.

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