Today marks the opening of the William K. Schubert Research Clinic, a one-stop shop for families participating in clinical trials at Cincinnati Children’s. The clinic is centrally located inside our new Clinical Sciences Pavilion (also known as Location T) and will be home to all study-related exams, assessments, imaging and other tests.
A clinical trial, sometimes referred to as a research study or clinical research trial, is a carefully designed test of the effects of a medication, medical treatment or device in a specific group of volunteers. Trials help doctors understand diseases and develop new ways to prevent or treat health problems in children safely and effectively.
The William K. Schubert Research Clinic was designed with the comfort and convenience of our volunteers in mind. It features an open atrium that spans the first three floors of the building. The atrium looks out over an outdoor garden area with table seating, a waterfall and exterior sculptures.
Inside, families participating in clinical trials will start at the registration desk and waiting area located on the first floor. The waiting area includes comfortable seating, videogame and iPad stations, a computer for browsing current research studies, and charging units for mobile devices built into the furniture.
There are now 28 total rooms dedicated to research studies – more than five times the amount of space formerly available to researchers, doctors and study participants in the Clinical Translational Research Center (CTRC) at our Burnet Campus. Rooms are larger and better equipped with amenities such as high acuity monitoring, OR lighting, and private bathrooms. The clinic is also outfitted with a state-of-the-art Imaging Research Center (IRC), a Cardiovascular Imaging Core Research Laboratory (CICRL), and a bone density scanner for dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) imaging.
Above the research clinic, the second floor features artwork and digital signage, office space, and a metabolic kitchen that is designed to offer nutrition education opportunities to families with children who have dietary restrictions. The third floor is reserved for behavioral medicine and clinical psychology.
The Schubert Research Clinic is named after Dr. Bill Schubert, the second president and CEO of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and founding director of the Clinical Research Center.
With the larger space and streamlined process, we expect to welcome an average of 1,000 to 1,200 clinical trial participants per month beginning this September. If you’d like to learn more about participating in a clinical trial or view a list of studies currently being conducted, visit www.cincinnatichildrens.org/clinical-studies.