The new Clinical Sciences Pavilion is a blueprint for the future.
Dedicated in June, the new, 15-story, Clinical Sciences Pavilion is the embodiment of hope for curing diseases.
A demonstration of our longstanding promise to be the leader in improving child health, it was designed to elevate our full continuum of discovery, including innovation, translation, community health and improvement science, and to accelerate discoveries into practice.
Already one of the largest pediatric research facilities in the country, the addition of this 445,000-square-foot tower increases the total space dedicated to research to over 1.4 million square feet.
Leading the Nation in Pediatric Research
This building is a sign of our commitment to improving the health of children around the world, starting right here in the Cincinnati community.
That hope is tangible in the many thoughtful touches throughout the building, such as:
- A patient-and-family-centered home for clinical trials research
- A metabolic kitchen where families learn how to prepare foods for kids with special dietary needs
- Artwork inspired by patients and researchers
- Outdoor respite areas with colorful sculptures and water features
- A rooftop garden that provides a breathtaking view of the city
The building sits between the hospital's main clinical care center and its companion research tower, a location both symbolic and functional in its mission to directly connect researchers and clinicians. The building was designed to encourage interaction and collaboration. Labs are open, with "beehive" areas on each floor where researchers can gather to grab a snack and exchange ideas.
Explore the new Clinical Sciences Pavilion
Artwork within the clinic includes work from local grade school and high school students. This work, by a high school student, is an abstract representation of a backbone with osteoporosis.
Artists engaged through art making workshops with patients, families, research subjects and staff to create meaningful works of art for the patient spaces.
Professional artists from 12 countries are represented through art and sculpture for the building. This work, “Stronger Together,” exemplifies the spirit of the building.
The William K. Schubert Research Clinic provides a home for clinical trials
Thanks to the generosity of donors who have made transformational gifts to Cincinnati Children’s, like the Convalescent Hospital for Children (CHC), we have been able to renovate and expand facilities, advance discovery and improve access to care. We are pleased to honor the wishes of these donors with the naming of physical spaces, such as the William K. Schubert Research Clinic. CHC chose to honor the legacy of the beloved pediatrician, mentor and philanthropist with the naming of the new research clinic. Located inside our Clinical Sciences Pavilion, this space is the new home for our clinical research trials, carefully designed tests that study the effects of a medication or medical treatment in a specific group of volunteers. These trials play a critical role in helping doctors better understand diseases and develop new ways to prevent or treat health problems in children safely and effectively.
Pictured: Dr. William K. Schubert’s wife, Mary, and daughter, Barbara Nolte, tour the research clinic named in his honor.
Discoveries and Cures
At the opening ceremony for the building, hospital leaders expressed their hopes for the future.
“We’re investing in research so we can attract even more of the world’s top-tier researchers, innovators and clinicians,” said Margaret Hostetter, MD, chair of the Department of Pediatrics and director of the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation. “These are the outstanding faculty who put us on the leading edge of discovery and cures for kids.” More than 1,500 physicians, scientists and support staff now work in this building.
“You cannot imagine how excited I am about this building and what’s going to happen inside it over the next 40 years,”
said Arnold Strauss, MD, former chair of pediatrics and past director of the Research Foundation, whose vision was the driving force behind the project.
"We're going to be creative and find new ways to deal with previously lethal diseases. We're going to change the outcome together by being a team, collaborating here and with researchers around the world to get things done that haven't been done before."
Dr. Strauss acknowledged that Cincinnati Children's research has led to historic medical breakthroughs, including the polio vaccine, surfactant to bolster the lungs of premature infants, the rotavirus vaccine and others. These landmark innovations have positively impacted 7 billion people so far.
He pointed to innovations that will allow researchers to grow new hearts, stomachs, kidneys and other organs from a patient's own cells; about the ability for doctors to choose the right medicine for treatment based on a patient's genetic makeup instead of educated guesswork.