Translational Research

“Advancing Translational Research by Design”

In November 2010, the MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2) Center for Building Sciences and the Center for Advance Design and Research (CADRE) sponsored an expert panel / roundtable discussion: Advancing Translational Research by Building Design.

Significant efforts have been made to advance translational research. Often this requires a response in the design of the physical environment. To date much of the design focus has been on research platforms and special care research units. The convened group focused on the design features for clinical facilities (bed towers and outpatient units) that could potentially enhance the translational research process. The objective was to understand potential improvements for the design of inpatient and outpatient facilities with the purpose of advancing the knowledge for both the research facility owner and the design realms. The session involved a brief historical review of design for translational research. While the majority of the time was spent in an interactive session discussing several structured questions.

The participants comprised invited experts from the realms of research, research administration, and facility design/planning.
A white paper suitable for publication has been developed. All participants are included as authors.

Advancing Translational Research by Building Design

Abstract: This paper presents the findings from an expert panel roundtable discussion that explored the future of translational research and its physical design implications for community hospitals and hospitals not attached to large centralized research platforms. With a shift in medical services delivery focus to community wellness, continuum of care, and comparative effectiveness research, healthcare research will witness increasing pressure to include community-based practitioners. The roundtable discussion, comprised of 14 invited experts from 10 institutions representing the fields of biomedical research, research administration, facility planning and design, facility management, finance, and environmental design research, examined the issue in a structured manner. The discussion was conducted over four hours at the Washington Hospital Center, MedStar Health, Washington, DC. It was concluded that institutions outside the Academic Medical Centers — facilities that do not generally have robust research infrastructure — will be increasingly targeted for future research. This transition will witness the engagement of the entire landscape of the United States healthcare system in translational research. Four factors are crucial to the success of the new research model and require sophisticated collaboration between the stakeholders in these areas: operational culture, financial culture, information culture, and physical design of community hospitals.

Keywords: Translational research; community hospital; physical design

Disclosure: The proceedings, content of any papers/publications, and their dissemination are fully under the control of MI2 and CADRE with the sole purpose of education and advancement of the knowledge of design. MI2 is a part of MedStar Health (a not for profit health system) and CADRE was established by the international architecture firm HKS, Inc. to function as a separately governed not for profit research center.