Anyone notice the sparkly new building on the corner of University and Main? How about the hyperbolic sail at Bertner and Bates? Maybe the twisty spire on Moursund and Bertner? I know not everyone goes to the Texas Medical Center everyday, but as a Houstonian you should be proud of these new buildings and what’s going on in them. They are the cutting age research centers that will push the TMC further into the spotlight with this country’s other great leaders of Medical Research.
Bioscience Research Collaborative Center (University Blvd and Main). The BRC is a 477,000 gross sq. ft. building that houses a collaborative effort with Rice scientists and others in the Medical Center to drive beneficial research for human medicine and health. The current scientists are from such areas as Bioinformatics, Bioengineering, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, and Chemistry. The BRC also houses scientists from the Gulf Coast Consortia and the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). CPRIT recently endowed BRC researcher John McDevitt with $3.7 million dollars to expand his research on Bio-Nano-Chip diagnostics (I call it Spit-on-a-Chip!) research. Here is a link for a Virtual Tour of the BRCC.
The Methodist Hospital Research Institute (near Bertner and Bates). Relative newcomers in the TMC research game, TMHRI is by no means lagging behind. Due for occupancy in late 2010, this 500,000 sq. ft. building will house some of the nations leaders in clinical and laboratory research. The main focus at TMHRI is what’s called Translational Research, where research results from the lab bench translate directly the bedside. TMHRI’s Dr. Stephen Wong recently received a $5 million dollar donation to study neurodegenerative diseases as well as Dr. Baxter’s NEJM publication of a new cholesterol lowering drug passing FDA Phase II trials.
Perhaps the coolest looking new building is Texas Children’s Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute with it’s unique DNA-esque tower. The JDNRI is also scheduled to open in 2010. This 344,000 sq. ft., 13-floor facility is Directed by Dr. Huda Zoghbi with a focus on using “a multidisciplinary research approach to understand the unique issues of a child’s brain structure, development patterns and related diseases.” Here is a great video explaining the many groundbreaking research areas the JDNRI will be pursuing.