Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute Moves Onto the Campus of Its Medical Partners Creating The Promise of Greater Impact for Pediatric Research

June 13, 2019

Chicago, IL…..The research enterprise of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago -- Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute -- is moving its facility from Lincoln Park to its new home, the Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Research Center in downtown Streeterville in June. This new location, just blocks away from Lurie Children’s Hospital and on the campus of its medical school, will house hundreds of investigators and staff.

“This is a pivotal time for the Manne Research Institute as we consolidate our research staff in a state-of-the-art facility in one location and under the same roof as many of our medical school research colleagues at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine,” said Thomas Shanley, MD, Department Chair of Pediatrics at Lurie Children’s, and President and Chief Research Officer of Manne Research institute. “This creates more opportunities for collaboration, and proximity to the hospital will allow our clinicians to contribute to the questions asked by our scientists and foster greater clinical relevance of basic science research.”

The Manne Research Institute will occupy three of the 12 floors, with plans to build out a fourth floor at a later date. Major research areas include molecular and translational cancer biology, neurobiology and epilepsy, perinatal origins of disease, fertility preservation, human molecular genetics and physiology, developmental biology, host-microbial interactions and inflammation, immune deviation and disease, engineered solutions for health, injury repair and regeneration.

“We organized the space around these 10 scientific themes or “neighborhoods,” in order to encourage a robust exchange of ideas. We also will have centralized, shared equipment so investigators have frequent opportunities to exchange ideas about their work as they are conducting experiments and enrich each others’ research approaches,” said Dr. Shanley. 

Lurie Children’s, then Children’s Memorial, opened its research facility in 1986 in Lincoln Park. In 2014, the research center was renamed the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute after receiving the second-largest gift in Lurie Children's history from Chicago philanthropist Stanley Manne. Today, as a free-standing children’s hospital, Lurie Children’s has one of the most rigorous research programs in the region.

“The Simson Querrey Biomedical Research Center is an inspired new home for discovery on Northwestern University’s Chicago medical campus,” said Dr. Eric G. Neilson, vice president for medical affairs and Lewis Landsberg Dean of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “Inside this modern new building, scientists will pioneer discoveries that will impact the practice of medicine and transform human health.”

The 12-story building adds more than 625,000 square feet of research space to the Chicago academic medical campus. Manne Research Institute scientists will be settled into the new building by the end of June. 

“Because of our new home, we will be able to continue to recruit top investigators from across the country to Lurie Children’s, as well develop the next generation of leaders in pediatric science by providing mentoring support to fellows and junior faculty,” said Dr. Shanley. “Reflecting on the critical mission of Lurie Children’s, as researchers, we are committed to ensure that every child has the chance to live to their full potential.”

The Manne Research Institute is focused on improving child health and transforming pediatric medicine.  Lurie Children’s is ranked as one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. It is the pediatric training ground for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Last year, the hospital served more than 212,000 children from 49 states and 51 countries.

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