New Massey Research Pavilion fosters collaboration among cancer researchers

NewSOMBuilding2A new hub for cancer research known as the Massey Research Pavilion opened in April 2013 in the VCU School of Medicine’s McGlothlin Medical Education Center, a new 12-story, 200,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art building.

The Massey Research Pavilion—located on floors 11 and 12—provides 27,000-square-feet of dedicated space for VCU Massey Cancer Center’s clinical trials research, cancer prevention and control research and Division of Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care chair, Steven Grossman, M.D., Ph.D., and his administrators. Each floor is appointed with a suite of research offices and conference rooms.

A significant portion of Massey’s clinical research enterprise is housed in the Pavilion. Along with the associate director for clinical research, Charles Geyer, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.P., and the medical director for clinical trials (currently under recruitment), Massey’s medical oncology and hematology early phase clinical investigators are located there. In addition, the Pavilion is home to many of Massey’s clinical research nurses and associates as well as clinical research regulatory staff.

The clinical research team members collaborate with other clinical investigators as well as laboratory researchers from the cancer center’s various scientific programs to develop and oversee clinical trials that reflect both the strengths of Massey’s science and the cancer burden of its patients to ultimately advance cancer treatments.

“By housing the many arms of our clinical research staff in the same building, the Pavilion allows Massey’s faculty to foster robust, collaborative research endeavors that will continue our success as Virginia’s largest provider of cancer clinical trials,” said Gordon D. Ginder, M.D., director of VCU Massey Cancer Center.

Also housed in the Pavilion are the staff members supporting Massey’s Clinical Research Affiliation Network, which extends the cancer center’s promising clinical trials to its statewide clinical research affiliated-community oncology practices and hospitals. Leading the affiliation network is Khalid Matin, M.D., F.A.C.P., Massey’s newly appointed medical director of community oncology and clinical research affiliations.

Space is also available in the Pavilion for planned recruitments in cancer prevention and control research. Cancer prevention and control researchers at Massey study the behavioral, policy, organizational and environmental factors that affect cancer risk, diagnosis, treatment and survival. This research includes community- and patient-based initiatives aimed at educating, raising public awareness and informing decisions that are critical to prevent and control cancer.

Additionally, in the basement of the McGlothlin Medical Education Center is room reserved for shared resource equipment to support multiple Massey research projects.

The Pavilion was made possible by generous donors. To date, more than $4 million in philanthropic funds has been raised to support it. Recently, the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation committed a $1 million grant that challenges Massey to raise $2 million in matching funds by May 2014. Another recent gift was committed by C.T. Hill, a longtime member of the Massey Community Advisory Board and co-chair of the Research for Life Campaign, and his wife, Moria. The Hills’ $250,000 gift has been recognized with the naming of a conference room in their honor.

“Thanks to our generous donors, the Massey Research Pavilion will allow our staff to continue pushing forward Massey’s mission to alleviate the suffering and death caused by cancer,” said Ginder. “We are incredibly fortunate to have a community of donors that understands the long-term payoff for investing in this kind of resource.”

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