When the Brigham’s new building at 60 Fenwood Road opens this fall, it will be a hub for state-of-the-art labs, outpatient clinical space and advanced imaging facilities.
Researchers and clinicians moving into the building will help accelerate and translate laboratory discoveries into novel treatments for patients.
In addition to its three floors of clinical space, the building will also serve as an anchor for several key research areas, including the Neurosciences, Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal, and Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy. It will also be a place for innovation in regenerative medicine, imaging technology and clinical trials.
Departments, divisions and labs will move into the building gradually, starting with administrative spaces in September, clinics in October and research spaces through early 2017.
Here’s a brief look at what you’ll find in the new building:
Neurosciences. The Neurosciences Center will allow investigators from the nervous system disciplines to come together in a single space for the first time. Patients who are seen in the Neurosciences Clinical Center, on the building’s first floor, will be able to enroll in clinical trials. Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry investigators will pursue basic and translational research on the eighth, ninth and 10th floors of the building, which will include the Harvey Cushing Neuro-Oncology Laboratory (HCNL).
Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal. The new building will be home to the Orthopaedics and Arthritis Center, which will be jointly led by the Department of Orthopaedics and the Division of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy. Through the center, molecular biologists, biomechanical engineers, rheumatologists and others will work in close proximity, sharing their perspectives and solutions with one another. Two centers in the new space, PIVOT and OrACORe, will focus on patient outcomes and the value of specific orthopedic procedures. The Stepping Strong Trauma Center, which aims to accelerate promising multidisciplinary trauma research and clinical care, will reside on the building’s fifth floor. Labs on floor five will focus on bone biology, stem cell biology, orthopedic material sciences and more.
Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy. Clinical researchers from the Division of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy will conduct research on floors five and six of the building. They will also be able to conduct clinical trials in the new space. The division’s Aspirin-Exacerbated Respiratory Disease (AERD) Center will conduct research studies to test hypotheses about the underlying cause of this complex disease and try out new treatments.
Innovation. A new Brigham Innovation Hub space on the third floor will serve as a resource for first-time and experienced innovators. Meanwhile, the building’s lower level will be dedicated to advanced imaging technologies—including a CT scanner and five cutting-edge MRI machines—for research and clinical use. In addition, labs pursuing advances in regenerative medicine and nanotechnology, treatments for immunologic diseases and more will be found on the third and seventh floors of the building.