Caroline MacGregor March 13, 2014 | WGVU The Spectrum
Health Basic and Translational Research Laboratories, in the Cooper’s Landing
Building on Monroe Avenue, will support new and existing clinical efforts. Areas
of research include brain tumors, pediatric urology and neuroblastoma, and
blood and marrow transplantation.
Rempel, vice president of research for Spectrum Health, says the
facility will help attract a high class of physicians and scientists to West
“This is an opportunity for Spectrum Health to expand its research enterprise, it's been a leader in the field of clinical research but now that we are able to do translational research we're able to recruit a different kind of physician and scientist here.”
Translational research uses basic science for practical applications to enhance human health.
Dr. Rempel directs the Molecular Neuro-Oncology Laboratory.
Her research includes new therapeutic targets to treat malignant brain tumor
“The whole idea is to come up with therapeutic therapies that will target these new genes and be able to prevent the invasion of these tumors into the adjacent brain.”
Dr. Rempel expects as the program grows, new educational
opportunities will attract residents, clinical fellows and graduate
students to the Grand Rapids area.
Dr. Giselle Sholler
is in charge of the Neuroblastoma and Medulloblastoma Translational Research
Consortium: a group of universities and children’s hospitals headquartered at
Helen DeVos that focus on childhood cancer clinical trials. Dr. Sholler She also helps head up the Paediatric
Oncology Translational Research Program.
“I think it's an incredible addition and giant step forward for Spectrum Health in being able to support the research to help our patients right here in Grand
The intent is to create a national collaboration of
researchers, oncologists, and family advocates in the quest to find new treatments
for children with neuroblastoma and other cancers.
Spectrum Health has been a region leader in clinical research since launching
clinical trials in the late 1970’s.
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