InTouch Spring 2008 (Volume 5: Issue 1)
The research center has recently awarded funding to support four Centers of Excellence: Community Partnerships and Health Promotion; Clinical Immunology; Neuroblastoma Research; and Pediatric Critical Illness and Injury. These Centers are led by experts in their respective fields of endeavor, and will provide unique synergistic opportunities for a myriad of investigators.
The Center for Community Partnerships and Health Promotion will build a community of scholars that will reach out to Children’s Memorial Hospital, Children’s Memorial Research Center and Northwestern University affiliated researchers to provide community-based advocacy oriented training, mentoring and collaboration. The Center will expand research opportunities for investigators by building community and agency partnerships and the capacity to identify and promote evidence-based practices for community settings.
The Center for Clinical Immunology will provide a venue for communication and education in the field of clinical immunology, and foster interdisciplinary collaboration with a focus on the immunopathology of disease states in children and adults. This will be accomplished by creating scientific forums that encourage these collaborative activities among the faculty at Northwestern, Children’s Memorial, Children’s Memorial Research Center, Rush Medical School, the University of Chicago, Loyola University and the University of Illinois.
The Center for Neuroblastoma Research will coalesce all Children’s Memorial-related investigators with common interests in neuroblastoma into an interdisciplinary center that can guide the research and lead to national extramural funding. Special focus will be in the areas of drug resistance, neuroblastoma, stem cells, epigenomics alterations, altered microRNA expression, phase I clinical trials and surgical and radiation therapeutic approaches.
The Center for Pediatric Critical Illness and Injury will advance our understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of diseases producing pediatric critical illness, through a combination of research and education. This knowledge will be applied to the advancement of care and improvement of outcomes for critically ill children. A major emphasis of the Center will be to foster investigations that address fundamental pathophysiologic mechanisms common to multiple disease states in critical illness.
We applaud the innovative ideas of our Center directors and their respective faculty and wish them luck as they strive to blaze new trails in pediatric research and secure extramural funding for their future.
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