Clinical Research Support Office/Recruitment Core
The Rockefeller University Hospital
1230 York Avenue
New York, NY 10065
Currently Enrolling Trials
The Rockefeller University Hospital is a key component of the Rockefeller University Center for Clinical and Translational Science, which is devoted to the research of human biology and disease.
The Rockefeller University Hospital has been recognized for excellence in biomedical research since its founding in 1910. Understanding the infectious process, the immune system, basic physiology and cellular biology and molecular biology have been the bedrock of the research performed here. The hospital collaborates with other New York institutions such as Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the New York Presbyterian Medical Center, and many research centers worldwide.
Patients and volunteers who consent to participate in research studies (protocols) are not charged for testing or treatment related to the research study. Unlike most hospitals, the Rockefeller University Hospital does not routinely provide standard diagnostic and treatment services, only research-related care. Admission is selective: patients are chosen by Hospital physicians solely because they have an illness or condition being studied, or because they are healthy volunteers and are also needed for study. Thus, all research participants are volunteers, and as such are important partners in the research process. Without volunteers and patients, significant advances in biomedical knowledge could not otherwise be achieved.
In September 2006, the University was awarded a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the NIH National Center for Research Resources. The award, the successor to the GCRC Program, led to the establishment of the Rockefeller University Center for Clinical and Translational Science, and provided additional resources to complement those coming from the University for the support of the University's human subjects research.
The Center for Clinical and Translational Science continues Rockefeller University's tradition of focusing on the interface between scientific discovery, human pathophysiology, and novel diagnostic, preventative and therapeutic strategies to benefit all of humanity.
In addition to focusing on clinical and translational research, the Center works to engage and collaborate with various community groups to address issues affecting the well-being of these populations. The Center aims to learn from these groups about health and research needs and to make sure that individuals have an opportunity to participate in research studies being conducted at Rockefeller. The Center also focuses on insuring that the research conducted at Rockefeller helps create behavioral and environmental changes that will improve the health of the community and its members.
Over the Hospital's history, interactions between clinical and non-clinical scientists have taken many productive forms that have greatly advanced the life sciences. Some major contributions at the University discerning the nature of DNA as the material of heredity, the invention of methadone, creation of the highly active retroviral drug cocktail to treat HIV/AIDS, discovery of the basis for effective treatments for psoriasis and eczema, an novel broadly neutralizing antibodies against HIV, now licensed to industry for clinical development. To explore the history of discoveries at Rockefeller, click here.
The specialized personnel and other resources available at the Rockefeller University Hospital facilitate clinical research for both the investigator and the research participant. The Hospital's 20 bed inpatient unit operates 24 hours on weekdays, and on weekends to meet protocol needs. All patient rooms are single-occupancy, private accommodations
Specialized facilities include: a four-room procedure suite, suitable for endoscopy and biopsy procedures; 2 hardwired cardiac monitored beds and 2 telemetry cardiac monitoring units; and a broad-band/narrow-band ultraviolet light box for psoriasis treatment.
The Robert & Harriet Heilbrunn Outpatient Research Center opened in January 2003 and includes 9 exam rooms, 2 consultation rooms, and 2 phlebotomy rooms, as well as other patient and staff facilities. The Outpatient Research Center is open weekdays from 7AM to 5PM.
The Department of Nursing and Patient Care Services provides best practice for research participants enrolled in the multiple research studies at the Rockefeller University Hospital. The care of research participants is served by the diversity of clinical skills and support services of:
- Social Work
- Bio nutrition
- Clinical Research Support Office
An environment of community is fostered with protection of human subjects and adherence to protocol as prime concerns.
The research setting is an environment that brings the health care team and the research design together in an attempt to understand the novel relationships that will ultimately benefit mankind. The process is both provocative and exciting, supporting the philosophy that the knowledge that bridges science and medicine is built on objectively sound data.