Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge
The Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge brings together cutting-edge medicine, modern education, and advanced technology, by design. It presents opportunities for the faculty and staff at the School of Medicine to teach in new and exciting ways. Fully equipped mock operating rooms, emergency room, and post-op and exam rooms are just some of the features of the building, which opened in 2010. Students find places to study, work, and connect with their peers, or find a quiet moment alone to reflect.
Transforming Research into Care
Since 2006, the Jill and John Freidenrich Center for Translational Research has supported translational research—which applies basic research findings to practical health interventions—at the Stanford Cancer Institute. In 2012, the center will move to its own new building. As the hub for translational and clinical research in all areas of medicine at Stanford, the Freidenrich Center will house the Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Education and Research (Spectrum) and host clinical trials. Having all these resources under one roof will facilitate easy interaction between clinical trial patients and researchers.
Monitoring the Human Immune System
We know cancer, infection, and even chronic conditions like heart disease involve failures in our immune defenses. In 2007, Stanford launched a far-reaching effort to determine what specific molecules and cells in the blood can tell us about the immune system. The Human Immune Monitoring Center is a first-of its-kind facility using new instruments (many pioneered at Stanford) and computing technology to search for immune biomarkers. Today, researchers around the world send samples to Stanford for analysis. One day, key markers could be measured via a simple blood test.
Turning Skin Cells into Brain Cells
In 2011, a team led by Marius Wernig, MD, assistant professor of pathology, discovered a faster method for turning human skin cells directly into neurons. Building on earlier work in mice, researchers used special proteins to avoid the intermediate stage of coaxing skin cells to become pluripotent stem cells before differentiating into neurons. Within two months, another Stanford team had accelerated the method even further. This feat revolutionizes the potential of stem cells to advance the study of diseases from Alzheimer’s to Parkinson’s—and one day to provide human therapies.
Developing Personalized Medicine
Professor Stephen Quake developed the world’s fastest DNA sequencer. Physician Russ Altman is using such tools to customize medical treatment to patients’ genetic code. Quake (the Lee Otterson Professor of Engineering) and Altman (the Boston Scientific Professor) also work together as co-chairs of Stanford’s Department of Bioengineering, established in 2002 to create a fusion of engineering and life sciences. During The Stanford Challenge, the department added faculty, grad students, and an undergrad major. Its new state-of-the-art facility, to be shared with the Department of Chemical Engineering, is under construction.
Best Practices for Doctors
Airline pilots train on simulators. How can doctors practice without harming real patients? In Stanford’s new Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge, high-tech simulation enables students to train on virtual patients in incredibly life-like scenarios. This type of learning offers intense experiences that are difficult to obtain in real life—and allows learners to make mistakes without the need for expert intervention. Opened in 2010, the extensive facilities feature fully equipped mock operating rooms, emergency room, post-op, and exam rooms.
- World’s Largest Stem Cell Research BuildingThe Lorry I. Lokey Stem Cell Research Building is devoted exclusively to stem cell research.
- Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and KnowledgeMock operating rooms and advanced technology allow faculty to teach in new ways.
- Transforming Research into CareA new hub for translational and clinical research will open in 2012.
- Monitoring the Human Immune SystemState-of-the-art instruments and computing technology identify immune biomarkers.
- Turning Skin Cells into Brain CellsStanford researchers turn human skin cells into neurons and revolutionize the potential of stem cells.
- Developing Personalized MedicineA patient’s genetic code is used to customize medical treatment.
MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
As I contemplate all the changes that Stanford University School of Medicine has undergone as a result of The Stanford Challenge, I am amazed by the generosity and vision of our friends and alumni. Thanks to you, we have become the transforming school of medicine for the 21st century.
The Stanford Challenge has changed the face of the medical school campus. We now have a front door to the School of Medicine—the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge—that is the new home for medical education at Stanford and brings together cutting-edge medicine, modern education, and advanced technology. The Lorry I. Lokey Stem Cell Research Building houses researchers from multiple specialties and disciplines including cancer, neuroscience, cardiovascular medicine, transplantation, immunology, bioengineering, and developmental biology, who are focused on making discoveries in stem cell research and translating them into preclinical applications, innovative therapies, and treatments.
We have 24 new endowed professorships as a result of The Stanford Challenge. New chairs in areas such as cancer research, emergency medicine, infectious disease, lymphatic research, neuroscience and neurosurgery, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, pain medicine, sleep medicine, and others will enable us to attract and retain the best and the brightest faculty members.
Seed grants provide seed funding to fledgling research projects, helping generate proof-of-concept results that help attract funding from traditional sources. Thanks to the kind support of a number of our friends, we have granted seed funding to dozens of collaborative projects that bring together researchers from different departments in the medical school or even researchers from other schools. The projects funded by these seed grants have the potential of solving the health problems of the 21st century.
The Stanford Challenge enabled our outstanding faculty and students to make it possible for Stanford University School of Medicine to continue its course of leadership and to provide the exceptional research, education, and patient care that so impact quality of life, both today and in the future. For this we are profoundly grateful.
Philip A. Pizzo, MD
Dean, Stanford University School of Medicine
Carl and Elizabeth Naumann Professor