Penn State Intercom......September 26, 2002

Renovation will boost potential
of research center at Hershey

Construction to renovate and expand the General Clinical Research Center at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is under way thanks to a $700,000 construction grant recently awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The award will be matched by the Medical Center to fund the $1.4 million project.

The 3,000 square foot General Clinical Research Center will more than double in size after construction and will include the addition of six procedure rooms, equipment for exercise physiology studies, a bone density scanner and special facilities for pediatric patients. Construction is expected to be completed in January.

One of 76 such NIH-sponsored research centers at institutions across the country, the center provides a centralized place for physicians to meet with patients who take part in clinical investigations. At the center, researchers share staffing and specially equipped space and have access to facilities for sample and data processing. Center staff help investigators with recruitment and provide other support for clinical studies. Sharing allows investigators to save money on facilities and staffing and allocate their limited grant resources to other aspects of their research projects.

In addition to investigator support, the center has a Medical Student Award Program to support student-driven research. This program gives students opportunities to work with center investigators.

To learn more about the center or find out which clinical studies are currently enrolling patients, visit the Web site at