The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has announced the establishment of the Jeffrey Modell Endowed Chair in Pediatric Immunology Research.
A ceremony on Feb. 15 at the Hospital's Ruth and Tristram Colket, Jr. Translational Research Building recognized the first holder of the chair, pediatric immunologist Jordan S. Orange, M.D., Ph.D. The chair's $2 million endowment will allow Dr. Orange to break new ground in his ongoing research. Dr. Orange is internationally prominent for studying and treating primary immunodeficiency disorders in children.
"We appreciate the generosity of Fred and Vicki Modell for their continuing support of Dr. Orange's important work," said Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., chief executive officer of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "This gift will advance the efforts by Dr. Orange and the Jeffrey Modell Foundation to translate scientific knowledge into real improvements in children's lives."
Dr. Altschuler presented the endowed chair to Dr. Orange. Fred and Vicki Modell spoke at the ceremony, as did Alan R. Cohen, M.D., physician-in-chief of Children's Hospital.
Dr. Orange is already the director of the Jeffrey Modell Diagnostic Center at Children's Hospital, a premier program among dozens of centers worldwide that have been established by the Jeffrey Modell Foundation to provide expert diagnosis and treatment to patients with primary immunodeficiency diseases. Co-founded by Fred and Vicki Modell in 1986, the Foundation honors the memory of their son Jeffrey, who died at age 15 from complications of primary immunodeficiency.
Primary immunodeficiencies include over 150 genetic disorders in which the immune system's ability to produce specific antibodies to fight off infection is greatly impaired or absent. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential to preventing recurrent infections from doing permanent damage.
Dr. Orange's research focuses on the biology of natural killer cells
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