New Innovative Initiative, the Answer Factory, Makes Lab Space and Translational Research Expertise Available to Clinical Investigators Affiliated with BCCHR and WHRI

As part of a joint initiative supported by the UBC Faculty of Medicine and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (BCCHR), the Clinical Research Development Laboratory (popularly known as the Answer Factory), has been established to foster the next generation of clinician-scientists and to support innovative patient-centered research.

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This new resource, which is part of the services offered through the Clinical Research Support Unit (CRSU) at BCCHR, aims to enable clinical faculty members and early career investigators gain access to a fully functional laboratory as well as technical support to move forward clinical and translational research they would otherwise not be able to conduct due to lack of access to the requisite resources and expertise. Dr. Shirin Kalyan is the translational scientist leading the Answer Factory, and she is available to provide consultation and advice for experimental planning and methodology for developing and implementing clinical and translational research studies. In addition to her role with the Answer Factory, Dr. Kalyan is an adjunct professor with UBC’s Department of Medicine and the Director of Scientific Innovation at a clinical-stage immunotherapy biotech in BC. She has accumulated significant experience in conducting translational and clinical research directed at improving patient outcomes through deepening understanding of disease pathogenesis and developing new treatment strategies.  Dr. Kalyan and the Answer Factory are also available to help support funding applications that aim to understand, diagnose or characterise a clinical problem that requires access to a wet lab or more sophisticated experimental analyses to address. The Answer Factory will be operational by late April 2019. However, it is recommended that any project that is anticipated to need Answer Factory support contact Dr. Kalyan as early as possible in the planning to get in que and to ensure the resources and protocols are in place by the time the project starts.

The ultimate goal of the Answer Factory is to create an environment that allows clinicians to gather new knowledge, promote translational research, and have an immediate impact on patient and public health. To learn more about this unique and new resource at BCCHR and how it may be of potential utility to you, please see: https://www.bcchr.ca/about-us/how-we-support-research/clinical-research-support.