Much of the clinical research at Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital and Psychiatric Centre Copenhagen, is currently being carried out in inadequately small rooms at the hospitals or in external, rented facilities. This will all change when the new Laboratory and Logistics Building is finished in 2017. The building is part of the New Hospital and Mental Health Bispebjerg and will supply the entire hospital with deliveries, clinical research results and blood test results.
Kurt Espersen, Vice President of Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital excitedly states: "We are looking forward to new and contemporary facilities, which will support a flourishing clinical research environment. It will be strengthened by the great common areas, the best available equipment, and enable us to be at the forefront of research in The Capitol Region of Denmark."
Clinical research to benefit patients
The Laboratory and Logistics Building will realise the hospital's strategy of making patient-oriented research. This means that the research quickly and efficiently will secure results and develop new treatments for patients. Patient-oriented research is a key issue to Celeste Porsbjerg, Clinical Research Associate Professor at the Department of Respiratory Medicine at Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital:
"We need to be even better at conducting patient-oriented research. Today, we send a lot of the tests out of the house for results, but with this new building we will be able to carry out the tests ourselves. This will ensure better and faster results," she says.
"With this new building we will be able to carry out the tests ourselves. This will ensure better and faster results," says Celeste Porsbjerg, Clinical Research Associate Professor at Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital. Photo: Claus Peuckert.
Patients will not have access to the building. However, volunteers for clinical trials may use the flexible clinical trial rooms on the ground floor. The rooms are flexible and it will be possible to carry out everything from heart scans to cycling tests. This way, the researchers will be able to utilise the space in an optimal way.
Synergy across specialities
Mental health research will also be located in the new building. Gitta Wörtwein, Associate Professor from the Neuro Psychiatric Laboratory, Mental Health Services in Copenhagen, and her colleagues, will inhabit the top floor of the building. She looks forward to start working in the new lab.
"We are pleased to be getting our own top modern facilities, which we have helped design. Here, we will be able to teach staff and administer the use of rooms and equipment – as opposed our current situation where we have to rent facilities and adapt to other agendas than our own," she says adding that she is looking forward to working across specialities.
"It will be exiting to be able to share a building with for example The Department of Clinical Biochemistry, who does research in circadian rhythms. Sleep has a huge impact on, for example, depression. Here I think we will find a great synergy."
Researchers can 'discover' each other
The building is designed with a number of laboratories to be shared across departments for joint research. Clinical researchers have to book the facilities for a period of time, carry out the research and then pass on the facilities for new research projects. This creates flexibility and a higher level of efficiency, when no laboratories are left unused for an extended period of time.
The building also contains common meeting and conference facilities, for all employees. Celeste Porsbjerg is excited about the corporation across specialities:
"The new building will make the research more visible, which in turn, will enable working closely across specialities and departments. There are so many talented people working in clinical research, each in a far corner of the hospital or externally. Now we will be able to sit together and 'discover' each other," she concludes.