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How Facility Designs Can Impact Translational Health Sciences

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Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, the Williamson Translational Building

In this article for Laboratory Design News, Jerry Percifield, Education | Science | Tech Principal, highlights key insights related to designing for translational health sciences. Many of these insights were gathered after HDR brought together some of the leading experts and innovators in a variety of disciplines involved in biomedical research over the course of several years.

Translation is the process of identifying a new approach or therapy to improve a health need in patients or populations, developing and validating it, then taking it to application in patients and into broader use. There are many examples across the U.S. and the world of institutions that have embraced translational health. Facility design can greatly help or hinder this process.

Key design concepts that help facilitate the process include:

  • Connections: Connecting to other critical areas of a given institution plays a significant role in the success of this facility.
  • Activators: Providing a space or area for people to come together, which can lead to new collaborations.
  • Interfaces: Bringing together dry and wet research, as well as clinical activities to facilitate discussions and collaborations between these critical members of the healthcare team.

Read more about how translational health concepts are being applied in new facilities in Laboratory Design News.