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Boston Children's issues $150K for pediatric innovation awards
Date:9/27/2013

Boston, Mass. September 27, 2013 Recognizing transformative advances in pediatric patient care, Boston Children's Hospital today announced three $50,000 Taking on Tomorrow innovation awards. The awards were presented at 1 p.m. today by outgoing Boston Children's Chief Executive Officer James Mandell, MD, at the Seaport World Trade Center during the National Innovation Pediatric Summit hosted this week by the hospital.

Three independent judging panels representing research and health care leaders inside and outside Boston Children's chose the awards (see appendix). The awards fell in three categories, judged for the maturity of the technology, the commercial potential, intellectual property considerations and the strength of the development team:

  • Research/Scientific Breakthrough in Autism (13 applicants)awarded to Daniel Geschwind, MD, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

  • Clinical Innovation (31 applicants)awarded to Charles Dumoulin, PhD, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

  • Community/Patient Empowerment (24 applicants)awarded to Christopher P. Landrigan, MD, MPH, and Alisa Khan, MD, of Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School

"We were delighted to have an exceptionally strong pool of applicants for all three categories from across health care, industry and academic medicine," says Mandell. "I can say with confidence that the innovations and discoveries chosen by our judges will all create new standards in areas of pediatric care that are important to us."

The awards and projects:

Research/Scientific Breakthrough in Autism

Daniel Geschwind, MD, PhD, chairman of Human Genetics and director of UCLA's Center for Autism Research and Treatment, is creator and leader of the Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE), a large-scale, cross-institution database used by more than 150 institutions to date.


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Contact: Rob Graham
rob.graham@childrens.harvard.edu
617-919-3110
Boston Children's Hospital
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