Ushering a new chapter in CHM history, the $88 million project will further a vision from Dean Marsha Rappley to increase CHM's research imprint. There's no better place for such an initiative than on Grand Rapids' thriving Medical Mile.
Once finished, the research facility will be a good complement to the Secchia Center, located just up Michigan Avenue. The new research facility is part of a long-range strategy that began in 2005, when health and community leaders worked to bring medical education to the city. CHM expanded to include campuses in Grand Rapids and Lansing and moved its headquarters to the Secchia Center.
Completed in 2010, the Secchia Center was built for medical education yet no accommodation was made for research laboratories.
The Spectrum Health-MSU Alliance was established to draw academic research to Grand Rapids, working in partnership with the Van Andel Institute and Grand Valley State University.
The new research center will support 260 CHM researchers, including 34 principal investigators with total capacity for 44 research teams. Research program spaces and five core labs—including bioinformatics, flow cytometer, long-term storage, and analytical and advanced microscopy—for CHM scientists and researchers from partner institutions will also be incorporated in the six-story, 162,000-square-foot facility.
Some of the areas of scientific study include Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, pediatric neurology, autism, inflammation, transplantation, cancer, genetics, women’s health and reproductive medicine.
Beyond a home to discover new cures, remedies, and treatments, the facility is expected to create hundreds of jobs in West Michigan. The construction marks the beginning of Grand Rapids Innovation Park, a gateway to the Medical Mile aimed to attract business growth in biotechnology and life sciences.
The research facility will be built on seven acres that were previously occupied by The Grand Rapids Press building.
The College of Human Medicine has equipped a nearby webcam for anyone interested in keeping an eye on the construction.
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