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IU lands $8.5 million grant to renovate Riley hospital

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The Indiana University School of Medicine said Friday it has received an $8.5 million federal grant that will be used to renovate a former research floor at Riley Hospital for Children.

The renovations, which are set to be completed in 2012, will enable the hospital to conduct pediatric clinical research trials.

Specifically, the 18,500-square-foot center will contain bio-storage, laboratory, and other research-related space to better identify how genetic and environmental factors contribute to diseases in children.

“Most drugs and diagnostics are tested in adults—but children aren’t just little adults,” said Dr. Craig Brater, dean of the IU School of Medicine, in a prepared statement. “They respond to therapeutics differently than their older counterparts, and this facility will give us the ability to understand those differences.”

The Riley facility will include video-conferencing facilities and laboratories that visiting scientists can use to further the goals of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. CTSI is a statewide effort involving IU, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame that was created to help speed the movement of scientific discoveries into new therapies and diagnostic products.

The federal grant is one of 146 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act construction awards, totaling $1 billion, given to construct, repair and renovate scientific research labs and related facilities nationwide.
 

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