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Collaboration to Create Pediatric Research Institute Receives $23 Million
Date:10/24/2007

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- In a pioneering effort, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have joined forces to launch a new institute designed to advance and strengthen the field of pediatric research.

The potential of this initiative has been recognized by the Richard King Mellon Foundation through a groundbreaking gift of $23 million. The gift will help establish the Richard King Mellon Foundation Institute for Pediatric Research, which will be physically located in research facilities now being constructed on the new campus of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in Lawrenceville. Its faculty and programs will be a part of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

In his comments, David Perlmutter, the Vira I. Heinz Professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Pitt and physician-in-chief and scientific director at Children's Hospital, said: "Our goal in creating this institute is to further elevate Pittsburgh's position as one of the world's leading centers for pioneering research in the critically important area of children's health. The foundation's support will enable us to aggressively pursue that goal by building and equipping a new laboratory for research in molecular and cellular biology, by adding to our already deep pool of faculty talent through the recruitment of additional pediatric scientists of international stature, and by supporting the most promising work of those scientists."

Scientists from Children's Hospital and Pitt's Department of Pediatrics already have built the fastest-growing pediatric research program in the country in terms of competitive research grants annually attracted from the National Institutes of Health, and the pediatric research program now ranks among the top 10 pediatric institutions for overall NIH funding.

According to Arthur S. Levine, senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and dean of the School
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