Freidenrich Center for Translational Research

Need for a New Building

The construction of the Jill and John Freidenrich Center for Translational Research (FCTR) building will be crucial to improving clinical and translational research at Stanford for several reasons. Currently, the staff associated with the Cancer Center and Spectrum, including study coordinators and facilitators, research nurses, biostatisticians, dietitians, lab technicians, and budget and regulatory specialists, are spread across the campus and nearby cities. This fragmentation creates a variety of problems ranging from difficulties in maintaining effective clinical research teams to diminished contact between investigators and their study subjects. This also makes it difficult for all investigators to be fully aware of the vast array of clinical research support resources and services available through the School of Medicine.

The FCTR building will bring together the staff that supports key services, greatly facilitating the function of research teams engaged in interdisciplinary clinical and translational research.  This assembly of staff and resources will bestow a clear identity on the new facility, which will become known as the “gateway” to clinical and translational research. The inclusion of the Clinical and Translational Research Unit (CTRU) in the new facility will allow these interdisciplinary research teams to be in close proximity to the area where the outpatient human subjects research is actually performed. The CTRU within the FCTR will have a substantial increase in capacity above the current facilities in Stanford Hospital. Currently, the CTRU operates with 18 patient stations (infusion chairs, examining tables or beds). The planned new unit will have approximately 25 patient stations and will be designed for optimal efficiency for the research personnel.  The facility will provide an inviting and efficient home for clinical research in an environmentally friendly and sustainable building, which will benefit both research staff and study subjects. It will also promote teamwork and interdisciplinary clinical research by providing meeting space to foster interactions among researchers from diverse fields.

The FCTR building will have a significant positive impact on clinical and translational research at Stanford for several reasons:

The construction of a single building housing the clinical research teams that support both the Cancer Center and Spectrum will allow us to integrate some of the physical infrastructure for these two Centers, which will bring efficiency and true economy of scale to the research enterprise at Stanford, while still allowing the two Centers to maintain their discrete identities in the conduct of clinical trials.

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