Children’s Hospital Oakland Outranks Top Competitors
Research Institute Ranks 6th for Prestigious Funding to Children's Hospitals from the National Institutes of Health
August 11, 2009
Oakland, Calif.– Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) is ranked 6th in the nation for research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to children’s hospitals. In 2008, Children’s Hospital Oakland’s research arm received more than $20 million in awards from the NIH. This feat was accomplished with only 37 grants.
Children’s internationally renowned research institute is considered one of the leading research enterprises in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is the only children’s hospital in Northern California ranked as a top recipient of NIH awards. Funding from the NIH is being used to continue groundbreaking research, including research on new ways to treat cystic fibrosis lung infections, prevent cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and cure sickle cell and other chronic blood-related diseases. With 30 principal investigators supported by NIH grants, Children’s Hospital Oakland hopes to attract biotech companies to Oakland.
“Because we’re not a university, we can make decisions in a very short time,” states Bertram Lubin, MD, Children’s president and CEO, and former senior vice president of research. “That’s attractive to companies, and it’s attractive to the kinds of entrepreneurial scientists we bring to the research institute. There are no administrative constraints for a good idea and good opportunity, if funds are available.”
Children’s Hospital’s research institute receives about $50 million each year from grants and is among the leading pediatric research institutions in the world. It has worldwide interests with a goal of treating locally and healing globally.
About Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland is Northern California’s only independent not-for-profit regional medical center for children. Children’s Hospital Oakland is a national leader in many pediatric specialties and sub-specialties including hematology/oncology, neonatology, cardiology, orthopedics, sports medicine, and neurosurgery. The hospital is one of only two solely designated California Level 1 pediatric trauma centers with the largest pediatric inpatient critical care unit in the region. Children’s Hospital has 190 licensed beds, 201 hospital-based physicians in 30 specialties, more than 2,700 employees, and an annual operating budget of more than $350 million. Children’s is also a premier teaching hospital with an outstanding pediatric residency program and a number of unique Pediatric subspecialty fellowship programs.
Children’s research program, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), is internationally renowned for taking state-of-the-art basic and clinical research and translating it into interventions for treating and preventing human diseases. CHORI has 300 members of its investigative staff, a budget of about $50 million, and is ranked among the nation’s top 10 research centers in National Institutes of Health funding to children’s hospitals. For more information, go to www.childrenshospitaloakland.org and www.chori.org.
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