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experiment
SICK K IDS RESEARCH INSTITUTE'S MISSION is to improve the health of children, but the
hospital-based research center was experiencing its own set of growing pains.
Since its founding in 1954, the Toronto-based organization had grown into Canada's largest hospital-based child health research institute with six locations, more than 200 principal
investigators, and a staff of nearly 2,000 people. While it had made significant discoveries
in areas such as stem cell research, genetic and molecular causes of disease, and brain
development and function, its fractured locations and dispersed staffs threatened its future.
"We were at risk of losing scientists because we didn't have the facilities and we were
busting out at the seams," says Dr. Mike Salter, head of neurosciences and mental health at
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and associate chief of science strategy at SickKids
Research Institute. "Although people were collaborating, it wasn't optimal."

The Hospital for Sick Children
in Toronto overcomes the
constraints of a high-rise
tower and the siloed nature
of medical research to
create an interactive and
flexible laboratory setting
By Anne DiNardo

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