Description of the Clinical Facilities and The Center for Clinical Translational Services
The Rockefeller University Hospital has been devoted solely to participant-oriented research since its founding in 1910. From 1963 until 2006, the hospital was partially supported by the General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) program of the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In 2006, the University was awarded a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the NIH National Center for Research Resources. The award, the successor to the GCRC Program, led to the establishment of the Rockefeller University Center for Clinical and Translational Science and provided additional resources to complement those coming from the University for the support of the University’s human subject research.
Rockefeller University Hospital exists solely to conduct clinical research. The specialized personnel and other resources available at the Hospital facilitate clinical research for both the investigator and the research participant.
The Hospital’s facilities include an inpatient unit of single occupancy and private accommodations. Specialized facilities include a four-room procedure suite, suitable for endoscopy, biopsies, and other procedures, telemetry cardiac monitoring, and a specimen processing area. A Greenhouse and recreation room offers participants a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere and computers in a safe and comfortable environment.
The Robert & Harriet Heilbrunn Outpatient Research Center opened in 2003 and includes 9 exam rooms, 2 phlebotomy rooms, a specimen processing center, a large education room that can also provide space and privacy as a consultation area, as well as other patient and staff facilities. The Outpatient Research Center is open on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Rockefeller University Hospital and Center for Clinical and Translational Science is particularly suitable to conducting studies involving moderate and low acuity participants, as well as high-intensity, high-complexity protocols such as pharmacokinetics and metabolic studies. The hospital’s strengths include a specialized Research Bionutrition Department, an on-site Research Pharmacy, and facilities to support inpatient studies.
Full clinical laboratory services are provided via contract with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; radiology and EKG interpretations are provided by contract with New York Presbyterian Hospital, on-site apheresis services are provided by contract.