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A Marvelous Milestone: Delivering the Promise of Research

May 10, 2011, Volume 57, No. 33

Translational Research Center

A toast to celebrate the opening of the Translational Research Center, Penn Medicine’s new $370 million medical research building—one of the first anywhere to be physically integrated into facilities for patient care—namely the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine and the Roberts Proton Therapy Center. It will house three Penn institutes: the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism; the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics; and the Penn Cardiovascular Institute. The recent event honored the many basic researchers and clinicians who have made this interdisciplinary center for learning, discovery and healing a reality. Above, UPHS CEO Ralph Muller; NIH Director Francis Collins, the event’s featured speaker; EVP for UPHS and Dean of the School of Medicine Arthur Rubenstein; and University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann.

Translational Resreach Building

The Translational Research Center (TRC) at 3400 Civic Center Boulevard consists of a 14-story extension to the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine  and the basement of the TRC houses the Roberts Proton Therapy Center.
The first of several hundred researchers have recently begun the process of relocating into the new facility. The aim of research in the TRC is to look for new approaches to understanding and treating a wide spectrum of diseases that are most prevalent in society.  Ultimately, patients not only at Penn, but around the world, will benefit from the work being conducted in the TRC.

The TRC was planned with an open, flexible design in mind to support maximum interaction for research and education. TRC, like the Perelman Center, was designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects who incorporated DNA-like spiral stairs for quick floor-to-floor connections and strategically situated common areas that unite scientists.

Almanac - May 10, 2011, Volume 57, No. 33