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Combining Research, Medicine, and Athletics to Create New Translational Models

Hybrid Facilities are Integrating Athletics with Healthcare, Teaching, and Research

Published 3-6-2019

An emerging new model for hybrid translational healthcare facilities combines scientific research with university and professional athletic programs to increase community engagement and student wellbeing. From integrating sports training facilities with medical clinics and applied research, to incorporating fitness gyms, running tracks, and rock-climbing walls into student lounges and public spaces, the combination of athletics and recreation with other programs offers an innovative vision for academic facility design.

Space and Design Innovation in MRI Housing

Stony Brook Medicine Uses Pre-Fab Containers and Wasted Space to House High-Power MRIs

Published 2-20-2019

In December 2016, Stony Brook Medical launched a plan to build housing for a pair of high-power MRIs, an older model 9.4-Tesla and a newer 7-Tesla. The original plan was to build a brick-and-mortar facility into their existing vivarium, but that was deemed too expensive, forcing them to consider other options. Glen Itzkowitz, dean of facilities and operations, and his team decided to pursue an option that had never been considered at Stony Brook—using pre-fabricated containers to house the MRIs, which they could just barely squeeze into a loading dock underneath a high-traffic footpath, space that was largely being wasted.

Innovation Hubs and Incubators Drive Academic Research to Commercialization

Facilities Provide Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, Low-Cost Rent, and Access to Talent

Published 9-19-2018

Innovation hubs and incubators are emerging as the best solution to help universities, entrepreneurs, researchers, and students transform their creative ideas into viable commercial ventures. Users want facilities that focus on entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation; foster interdisciplinary collaboration and partnerships; offer responsive and flexible spaces; create a spirit of ground-up innovation; support commercialization of ideas/products; and connect to nearby universities, companies, and amenities.

Redefining Translational Medicine by Integrating Research, Engineering, and Clinical Care

How Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Shortens the Research Time from “Bench to Bedside”

Published 1-10-2018

Chicago’s newly opened Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is the world’s first translational research hospital where scientists, engineers, technologists, and clinicians work collaboratively with thousands of patients going through intensive post-traumatic and disease-related functional rehabilitation. This unique integrated model dramatically shortens the amount of time between research innovations and practical clinical applications.