Resources and Capabilities
Geisinger promotes the highest caliber of scholarship and research by providing Geisinger's scientific community with state-of-the-art facilities and resources, and extensive research support.
Dedicated research facilities include the Sigfried and Janet Weis Center, which opened in 1987 and provides modern laboratory facilities for basic and translational research, the Henry Hood Center for Health Research, which houses the Geisinger Center for Health Research. In addition to providing programmatic space for the two centers, this state-of-the-art “green” building, which was inaugurated in 2007, includes a 300-seat auditorium, 150-seat multi-purpose room, several conference rooms of 20 people each, a distance learning room with 18 computers, and a focus group room that accommodates up to 14 participants.
Research resources, developed under the auspices of one of the research centers, meet the evolving requirements of the research community and include:
Geisinger Center for Health Research
- Biostatistics Core — provides collaborative biostatistical and research data support to Geisinger investigators, physician-scientists, and clinicians, including general statistical and study design consultation, statistical analysis and interpretation of results, protocol preparation assistance and evaluation, study design and sample size estimation, form and database design, data management, and data extraction and analysis from many varied sources and study designs, including Geisinger’s Electronic Health Record
- Survey Research — supports the qualitative and quantitative survey data requirements for Geisinger’s health science research by offering CATI and CAPI phone and personal interviews, direct mailings, focus group facilitation, and outside consultation.
- Office of Clinical Research Support Services — provides clinical research support services within the Geisinger Health System for clinician investigators in the conduct and management of participant focused studies. At this time services can be accessed at three regionally based hospital campuses and several outpatient clinics.
Weis Center for Research
• Geisinger Clinic Genomics Core — support genomics projects at the Geisinger Clinic. A major goal has been to initiate genomics research based upon the unique aspects of the clinical populations at Geisinger. Infrastructure was established for collecting, processing, and analyzing blood/tissue, DNA, RNA, and serum/plasma samples from patients across the Geisinger Clinic service area. With robotic DNA/RNA processing and Affymetrix and ABI genotyping capabilities, a wide range of clinical genomics projects are supported by the GCGC.
• Nucleic Acid & Microarray Core — provides the ability to analyze nucleic acid molecules in biological samples, essential to modern biological research. Technologies and strategies for nucleic acid analyses are evolving rapidly, and include such innovations as the use of microarray platforms for expression profiling or genotyping assays.
• Imaging Core — provides Geisinger Research with the ability to associate specific molecules, functions, or activities with particular cellular structures through access to a variety of imaging modalities, including conventional and fluorescence microscopy, confocal microscopy, and electron microscopy. The introduction of recent technological innovations, including digital imaging methods, to biological imaging is significantly expanding the range of information that can be obtained with respect to cellular structure and function.
Hood Center for Research
The Health Science Libraries, which includes the main library in Danville and two branch divisions at the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center and Geisinger South Wilkes Barre, provide both digital and print information on the clinical practice and management of healthcare.
The administrative and regulatory infrastructure for Geisinger's research enterprise and other projects with external funding is provided by Research Administration, which also is responsible for research policies and works with the research leaders to expand and sustain research programs throughout the Geisinger system. Among the components of Research Administration is the Human Research Protection Program, which administers the Institutional Review Boards, which review and oversee all projects involving human subjects in research.