Children's Hospital Expands Research Focus, Adds Nearly 50,000 Sq. Ft. of Research Space

Seattle, WA: Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center announces the opening of a new research facility in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood. Children's Hospital pediatric researchers now occupy two floors (47,444 square feet) at 307 Westlake Ave., nearly tripling the amount of space dedicated to bench research.


Seattle, WA: Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center announces the opening of a new research facility in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood. Children's Hospital pediatric researchers now occupy two floors (47,444 square feet) at 307 Westlake Ave., nearly tripling the amount of space dedicated to bench research.

Supporting Children's expanding commitment to basic and applied research, the facility will initially host a total of 15 principal investigators, with the goal of doubling this number in the next five years.

In occupying 307 Westlake, Children's Hospital becomes part of the growing biomedical research community developing in the South Lake Union neighborhood, including key partners, the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, who both have significant research establishments in the area.

"Children's Hospital's drive to develop cutting-edge pediatric research is absolutely necessary to accomplish our mission to prevent, treat and eliminate pediatric disease," said Treuman Katz, President and CEO of Children's. "Through the growth of our research program, remarkable results and a commitment to the highest ethical standards, we will fulfill our vision of becoming one of the top five pediatric research institutions nationwide."

Research has always been part of Children's core mission that also includes patient care, education and child advocacy. Children's research program currently focuses on four key areas: cancer, genetics/development, infectious disease/immunology and outcomes.

"Children's Hospital will continue to build on its strengths, and that of its partners, to raise the level of its research over the next decade to be at the forefront of pediatric research," said James Hendricks, PhD, vice president of research at Children's. "Expanding and broadening Children's commitment to research increases the potential to improve patient care, prevent illness, eliminate diseases, and reduce hospitalization and the impact it has on children and families."

In addition to the nearly 50,000 sq. ft. of research space at 307 Westlake, an additional 12,000 sq. ft. of basic research space will remain at Children's main campus.

"Contiguous space for investigating related issues enhances the atmosphere for sharing knowledge, cross-fertilizing ideas, training new doctors and emphasizing a team-like approach," said Hendricks.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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