clinical research facility
Blazer, Chairman, Dept. of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine, Dr.
Eric Rackow, Senior V.P. & Chief Medical Officer, NYU School
of Medicine; Dean Alfano and Dr. Ship.
Dean Alfano and NYU Provost Dr. David McLaughlin
Clinical Research Center Builds Bridges to Discovery.
On October 29,
the Leonard I. Bluestone Center for Clinical Research (BCCR), under
the direction of Dr. Jonathan Ship, Professor of Basic Science and
Craniofacial Biology and of Oral Medicine, opened at NYUCD, signaling
a seismic change in the College’s ability to positively impact
the health of the public. Located on the second floor of the Weissman
Building, the BCCR is a brand-new, state-of-the-art, 8,500-square-foot
facility dedicated entirely to the development, implementation,
performance, and analysis of clinical research. The BCCR is named
for the late Dr. Leonard I. Bluestone, Class of 1940, who bequeathed
a $2 million gift to his alma mater in support of clinical research
and education, with special emphasis on oral medicine and surgery.
BCCR changes the complexion of the College,” said Dr. Ship.
“This is the largest center of its kind in any dental school
in the world. For NYUCD, the Center adds the capacity to assess
potential health improvements and move them into everyday use within
a framework of the strictest regulatory controls and ethical guidelines.
Moreover, the BCCR will provide training in clinical research for
biomedical students and faculty.”
the BCCR, Dean Alfano said, “The Bluestone Center will establish
new connections among the various health programs both within and
outside the University, and new paradigms for dental and medical
care through clinical research. By partnering with neighbors such
as the NYU Medical Center and Beth Israel Hospital, we can facilitate
the cross-fertilization of medicine and dentistry to achieve better
patient care, as for example, by studying new cancer therapies.”
The BCCR is
designed to be user-friendly by both industry- and government-sponsored
researchers and clinical trial participants. Because flexibility
is a high priority, many of the spaces are multiuse. With eight
beds, the BCCR boasts the only overnight clinical research facilities
in a dental school in the nation. The Center has two surgical operatories,
an eight- chair dental suite equipped with digital intraoral radiography
and extraoral radiography/ tomography, a dental laboratory, a biological
laboratory to process samples, utility space, a medication storage
facility, a nurses’ station, pantry, patient day lounge, and
a 15-seat multimedia conference room, as well as four administrative
offices and substantial storage space. All patient areas in the
BCCR are equipped with cable TV and Internet access.
our greatest measures of success,” says Dr. Ship, will be
our ability to maintain a dynamic relationship with practicing dentists
in which they refer patients for clinical trials and we provide
practitioners with continuing education that will allow them to
stay ahead of the curve in such areas as oral medicine and oral
surgery (especially implant surgery), bone growth enhancement, and