Center Without Walls

The Center Without Walls (CWW) leverages resources and capabilities within the broader PTNI and is available to St. Jude faculty from all departments that are engaged on relevant neuroscience research. The CWW encourages institution-wide collaborations that advance the understanding of pediatric neurological diseases. Membership is open to clinical and basic science faculty working on neuroscience-themed research and allows access to PTNI core facilities and resources. By providing technical and intellectual support, the CWW will create new capabilities and foster greater productivity.  

Investigators across the institution will have opportunities to secure internal grant funding for developmental and small-scale projects that align with the goals and mission of the PTNI. These multi-year institutional grants are designed to bolster investigators as they generate preliminary data and formulate hypotheses to secure extramural support to further expand research efforts.  

Who we are

The Center Without Walls is a key program within the Pediatric Translational Neuroscience Initiative (PTNI). CWW is membership-based and serves as a vehicle that both promotes and provides opportunities for St. Jude faculty to build upon their own investigator-driven research programs through a comprehensive set of member benefits.

  • Leadership: J Paul Taylor is the founding director of the CWW. In this role, Dr. Taylor coordinates engagement of the St. Jude community with PTNI, oversees CWW's internal funding programs, and develops enrichment opportunities and other benefits for CWW benefits.

Our programs

The CWW offers a full suite of programs designed to foster research relevant to pediatric neurological disease, including state-of-the-art shared resources, internal funding support, and opportunities for enrichment and collaboration both within and beyond St. Jude.

  • Shared Resources: Histology Core, Microscopy Core, Proof of Concept Lab
  • PTNI Patient Registry and Biorepository
  • Development grants and postdoctoral fellowships
  • Seminar and Workshop series


Contact us

  • For basic science inquiries:
  • For clinical research inquiries:
  • For all other inquiries: