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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee is investing in a $1 billion capital expansion of its main campus, and one of the centerpieces of this effort will be a new, $412 million advanced research center.
The center will encompass 625,000 square feet and is designed to attract new scientists and clinicians to St. Jude by fostering research and collaboration, St Jude announced today.
Architecturally, the center will be an interactive and interdisciplinary environment designed for generating new ideas. Its labs and spaces will be designed to enable researchers to collaborate openly and across departments. The center also will stream natural light through open atriums and courtyards, and will feature numerous "interaction zones," uniting key disciplines of science.
New labs in the research center will focus on immunology, neurobiology, cell and molecular biology, gene editing, metabolomics, advanced microscopy, epigenetics, genomics, immunotherapy and RNA biology.
Because St. Jude collaborates on its research on a global scale, the hospital hopes the new center will have worldwide impact on the study and treatment of pediatric diseases. And it also leaves the door open for possible future expansion, since two of the center's eight floors are slated for future expansion and evolving technology.
St. Jude said funding for the center comes primarily from donors across the country and the world. It is slated to break ground in the spring and open in 2021.