<P>6 TULANE | MEDICINE FALL 2013 tulane.edu/som T ulane University has completed a sweeping $13.5 million renovation of laboratory spaces in the J. Bennett Johnston (JBJ) Health and Environmental Research Building, setting the stage for a vibrant hub of interdisciplinary research on Tulane Avenue. The project transformed traditional, compartmentalized lab space on three ?oors of the building—roughly 37,500 square feet—into large, open areas capable of accommodating multiple researchers from different schools. These ballroom labs were created to spark collaborations between investigators on strategic projects. Dr. Laura Levy, Tulane vice president for research, says the project is the ?rst major downtown research space to bring together complementary clusters from the schools of Medicine, Science and Engineering and Public Health and Tropical Medicine. The goal is to enhance the schools medical research output by involving investigators in the physical sciences and engineering. With researchers from different schools and disciplines working close to each other, ideas can cross-pollinate between projects, sparking innovations, Levy says. This is really marvelous because the biomedical engineers clearly have a common vision with physicians and investigators in the School of Medicine, but they have not had the opportunity to interact regularly. Now they will, Levy says. Strategically it NEW $13M INTERDISCIPLINARY JBJ LABS DEBUT THIS FALL Bruce Bunnell, director of the Tulane Center for Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine, stands in the centers newly renovated ballroom lab space on the sixth ?oor of the JBJ Building. makes sense because the solution to many of the most complex and intractable problems in medicine, science and engineering will be found at the interfaces of the disciplines. The project was made possible through a National Institutes of Health grant for interdisciplinary research secured by principal investigator Dr. John Clements, professor and chair of Microbiology & Immunology. MEDICINE NEWS Five newly built labs cover three ?oors. The third ?oor houses researchers from Tulane Cancer Center and the Center for Bioinformatics and Genomics. The fourth ?oor is home to biomedical engineering investigators (including new BioInnovation PhD researchers) and a cluster focused in the area of infectious diseases. The sixth ?oor houses the Tulane Center for Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine. Advantages of the new labs >COLLABORATVE Each renovated one-half ?oor contains: 7,500 square feet of space; 48 lab benches; at least seven of?ces and 28 desk workstations along a wall of ?oor-to-ceiling windows with computer-controlled blinds that maximize natural light. >ECO FRIENDLY Each lab connects to open relaxation space, complete with chairs and benches near an open kitchen and coffee area, where people can easily congregate and have discussions. Even the conference room and of?ces have semi- transparent glass walls to emphasize the open space. Labs can be recon?gured based on research needs. An interesting feature of the design is that the utilities for the lab benches—the gas, the electrical power, Internet (ports) and vacuum tubes—all come out of the ceiling instead of up from the ?oor, Levy says. 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