Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) is committed to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of childhood illnesses and disease. We know that's a pretty broad promise, but as one of the nation's top 10 National Institute of Health (NIH) funded pediatric research centers, CHORI researchers are making significant progress in areas such as diagnosing and treating pediatric cancers, sickle cell disease, AIDS and HIV, hemophilia, cystic fibrosis; developing prenatal techniques for diagnosing mental retardation and birth defects; and improving infant nutrition.
The CHORI campus houses eight research centers and offers a range of pediatric health-related services including clinical studies which provide the foundation for the kinds of innovative treatments and cures for which UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland is known. CHORI's biomedical research reaches beyond the U.S. healthcare system and includes basic and clinical research that impacts medical science across the globe.
Bringing top-tier scientists and a wealth of resources together in one facility, CHORI will continue to do more, reach further, and serve many.
CHORI's eight research centers are part of a comprehensive approach to pediatric research and development.
- The Cancer Center is dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of pediatric cancers.
- The Genetics Center seeks to better understand the genetic basis of disease, as well as how to manage and prevent these types of ailments.
- The Immunology and Vaccine Development Center is an ongoing program that helps develop new vaccines and make them accessible to those in need.
- The Nutrition and Metabolism Centeris committed to understanding how metabolism and nutrition lead to health problems currently facing a large portion of the population.
- The Obesity, Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes Prevention Center offers a multidisciplinary approach to health and wellness, bringing together top researchers from several different fields all working toward a common goal.
- TheSickle Cell and Thalassemia Center operates on both a national and international level, reaching out to explore new and novel treatments that can make a real impact on global health.
- The Newborn and Pediatric Critical Care Center is dedicated to improving how we care for critically ill infants and children. The Center initiates studies designed to improve the outcome of preemies, babies, and children with severe respiratory failure, or who have vulnerable or injured brains.
- The Jordan Family Center for Bone Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapies Research is an endowed program focused on expanding the science of regenerative medicine. Together, experts in cell biology, medicine, and medical technology advance revolutionary therapies that use human cells to treat and cure disease.
In addition to significant strides made through CHORI's research centers, the Institute also offers a host of world-renowned research services. These services augment the current research being done at our facilities, and draw experts who can help contribute to our growing library of information.
- The BACPAC Resource Center operates as a not-for-profit resource facility that collects, maintains, and distributes genomic information used in a primarily research setting.
- The Cell Sorting Facility offers analysis and sorting technology for use by researchers and affiliated medical professionals.
- The Elemental Analysis Facility provides a full range of support services for the preparation and analysis of elemental extractions needed in a clinical or biomedical research setting.
- Genetic Tests offered through CHORI are centered primarily on diagnostic molecular genetic tests for use by qualified researchers.
- The Mass Spectrometry services are used for non-invasive prenatal tests used to determine the diagnosis of specific gene-related disorders.
- The Microscope Imaging Facility at CHORI taps into the latest technology in microscopy for studies that require advanced imaging, 3D reconstruction, and other measurements.
- The Sibling Donor Cord Blood Program is one of the flagships of CHORI, and was the first not-for-profit blood banking program in the world.
CHORI attracts researchers who are independent, inquisitive and diligent in the way they approach the world. Through the combined efforts of our research centers and services, we're reaching a broader audience than ever before, and with the kind of innovation that is making a difference in the pediatric medical community.
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