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The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Opens New Research Center at Downtown Campus May 14, 2015

The Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker Clinical Research Center officially opened today thanks to more than a half-a-million-dollar grant that funded renovations, major equipment purchases and a dedicated team of researchers at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. The Research Center is the first of its kind in the area and will provide groundbreaking clinical research that will advance the care and treatment of children in San Antonio and around the world.

“We have assembled all the necessary components to create a world-class children’s hospital right here in San Antonio,” said Elias J. Neujahr, President of The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. “We have excellent clinical programs across all pediatric sub-specialties; a leading-edge Hospital designed and equipped specifically to treat children; research initiatives to advance pediatric medicine; and a full complement of the best and brightest pediatric physicians, nurses, and Associates.”

“The opening of the Center marks another major milestone in The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio’s transformation into a world-class children’s hospital that began in 2013,” said Dr. Charles Leach, the newly appointed Medical Director of the Research Center. “This new Center will help us to expand our research efforts, which are well underway. We have 57 active studies being conducted, including 28 hematology/oncology studies and another 29 studies, including areas such as cardiology, neonatology, and culinary health education.”

Vivienne Marshall, Ph.D., leads the dedicated team of research professionals at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. Prior to joining the Children’s Hospital, she served as Director of Research for the National Trauma Institute.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to support and conduct innovative research that will one day lead to new treatments for the children of San Antonio and beyond,” said Dr. Marshall. “Expanded research initiatives help us find cures and better ways to care for children who are dealing with all kinds of clinical challenges, such as premature birth, diabetes, and cancer.”

The Research Center will work closely with the Hospital’s academic partner, the Baylor College of Medicine, which has well-established programs that have received recognition from around the globe for their work in pediatrics. Baylor College of Medicine is currently ranked number 19 in the country and number one in Texas for National Institutes of Health funding. The Research Center is located in a single-story building at the corner of North San Saba and West Martin.

The Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker Fund has been a purposeful partner in the work of The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. Since 2007, the Voelcker Fund has provided $2,104,942 in grants to the medical program and the healing ministry of The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.