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Dartmouth-Hitcock Medical Center to get center for research

The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon is planning to construct a $116.5 million medical research center.

The idea is to bring research from Dartmouth’s medical school closer to the doctors who can use it to treat patients.

Officials expect to break ground by June on the Williamson Translational Research Building.

Duane Compton, senior associate dean for research at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine, says the goal is to use the building for translating discoveries made in research laboratories into things that go to better and safer care for patients. Lessons learned in the hospital can be fed back to the laboratories.

“It’s actually been demonstrated that physical proximity has a lot to do with what sort of discoveries get made and how they get made,” Compton said. “If you’re physically separating your basic scientists from your clinical activity, you’re creating a boundary. We’re trying to overcome that boundary.”

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