In the first decade of the 21st Century, The University of Chicago invested $1.4 billion to build an unrivaled biomedical campus focused, in large part, on the conquest of cancer. Two world-class research facilities and a state-of-the-art children's hospital were opened within a 5-year period: Comer Children's Hospital (2005), The Ellen and Melvin Gordon Center for Integrative Science (2006), and the Gwen and Jules Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery (2009).
In 2009, construction began for the New Hospital Pavilion, a 21st Century hospital that will serve as the keystone of the medical campus and its three-part mission of research, patient care, and medical education.
Our commitment to the fight against cancer is strengthened by each of these facilities:
The Gordon Center for Integrative Science includes 45,000 square feet of laboratory space devoted exclusively to Cancer Center programs as well as being home to the Ben May Department for Cancer Research. The Gordon Center brings scientists from the biological and physical sciences together under one roof; the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics housed there, for example, unites those disciplines to find deep insights into cancer and other diseases.
Pediatric oncology is a major focus at Comer Children's Hospital with 38 beds, about one fourth of its total, devoted to cancer patients. It is known for its child-friendly atmosphere and therapeutic play programs that help young cancer patients and their siblings cope with the burdens of illness and treatment.
The Gwen and Jules Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery has 100,000 square feet of wet laboratory space for Cancer Center investigators. It also houses the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Center for Metastasis and the Institute for Genomics & Systems Biology. A bridge connects this facility with the laboratories and researchers in the adjacent Gordon Center.
The New Hospital Pavilion will be one of the most advanced hospitals in the world when it opens in 2013. It will be a destination for patients and families throughout the region seeking the best possible care for cancer and other complex diseases. The hospital's flexible design will easily adapt to new technologies, including our own innovations in minimally invasive robotic surgery for prostate and other cancers. One entire floor of the 1.2 million square foot building will be devoted exclusively to the care of cancer patients.