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

fect on our understanding of human disease. The Richard King Mellon Foundation Institute will house the laboratories of an internationally recognized scientific director and five exceptionally talented scholars.

Start-up and continuous funding will foster high-risk, high-impact projects and encourage the researchers of the institute to pursue their most innovative ideas. For the scholar positions, the institute will focus on physician-scientists at early stages in their careers and whose research will have a long-lasting influence on various areas of pediatric medicine.

"We envision this institute as an incubator for research that challenges conventional wisdom and leads to paradigm shifts in pediatric medicine," said Perlmutter. "In so many ways, this institute is the offspring of the philosophy that is embedded in every part of this academic medical center and university, together with the extraordinary philanthropic vision of the foundation."

"For 60 years, the Richard King Mellon Foundation has been investing to improve the quality of life, particularly in this region," said University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg. "This grant will strengthen Western Pennsylvania's economy, even as it adds to our understanding of the biology of children's health. It is hard to imagine a more worthy pair of objectives, and we are grateful for the chance to advance them both together."


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