Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland’s research institute is ranked sixth in the nation for research grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH) to children’s hospitals. In 2006, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) received more than $22 million in awards from NIH, which represented more than the amount received by the pediatric departments at Stanford University, the University of California San Francisco and the University of California, Davis.
“Our research institute is unique in that we are a private facility competing for research dollars against larger institutions and universities,” said Kathleen Hogue Gonzalez, vice president of research administration at CHORI. In fact, many of the research facilities that have previously been selected as the NIH’s top grant recipients are associated with major universities and therefore receive additional funding. “Our scientists have made major scientific discoveries and contributed vital knowledge to the medical world, while relying on ourselves to obtain the necessary funding – that’s impressive.”
In 2006, NIH received approximately 45,688 grant proposals and 20 percent of those proposals were funded. The $22 million that CHORI has secured in awards from the NIH will be used by more than 30 scientists to continue their research into a wide range of pediatric health problems including sickle cell anemia and thalassemia, childhood cancers, genetic diseases, obesity, nutrition, diabetes and vaccine development.
CHORI research has led to major scientific breakthroughs, such as being the first research institute in North America to transplant and cure a child with alpha thalassemia major, being a leading center for the use of cord blood and bone marrow transplantation in children with sickle cell anemia and thalassemia and offering the only not-for-profit Sibling Donor Cord Blood Program in the world. The Research Institute’s recombinant DNA library has more than 20 million DNA samples that are used in research programs around the world.
CHORI is an internationally renowned biomedical research institute
that is counted among the leading biotech enterprises in the Bay Area. In addition to providing world-class research, CHORI is also a teaching institute, offering unique educational opportunities to high school, college, doctoral and post-doctoral students.