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The Rockefeller University Hospital


The primary mission of The Rockefeller University Hospital is to conduct clinical research. An independent, central unit of the university since its opening in 1910, the hospital serves as an essential link between laboratory investigation and bedside observation, providing a vital facility to study the scientific basis of disease detection, prevention and treatment.

The hospitalís unique environment is well suited for long inpatient stays under carefully controlled conditions, facilitating the study of pathologic processes in patients and normal physiological processes in healthy volunteers. Funded by both The Rockefeller University and a Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health, the hospitalís facilities include a 20-bed inpatient unit, a four-room procedure suite suitable for endoscopy and biopsy procedures, a sleep study unit, a broadband/narrowband ultraviolet lightbox for psoriasis treatment and a digital radiology suite. The Robert and Harriet Heilbrunn Outpatient Research Center, opened in 2003, includes nine examination rooms, two consultation rooms and two phlebotomy rooms, as well as other patient and staff facilities.

The hospital, which celebrated its centennial in 2010, has a rich history of innovation driven by interactions between clinical and basic scientists. Some of the more than 100 major contributions include the development of the oxygen chamber, methods for blood transfusion and storage, methadone therapy and multiple-drug treatment of HIV infection.

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