Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC officially opened its new 10-story, state-of-the-art John G. Rangos Sr. Research Center today marking the first completed phase of its new premier pediatric campus. With more than 300,000 square feet of space, the new center will serve as the hub of pediatric health research for the region. The center – double the size of the current location – will enhance the hospital’s ability to recruit top researchers from around the world.
Research is fundamental to Children’s Hospital’s mission, one that ties clinical care to both research and education. The new facility will support biomedical research, including pediatric cancer, diabetes, heart disease, liver failure, childhood infection and inflammatory diseases, genomics, immunology and neuroscience, among other fields. The new flexible lab space can accommodate 70 principal investigators.
“There is nothing worse than a child suffering from a debilitating disease or illness. One way to help build a healthy and strong tomorrow is by supporting research that can help find cures for childhood diseases today,” said John G. Rangos Sr. “Children’s Hospital provides some of the best pediatric care in the country and is one of the many reasons why I have continued to support them over the years. It is our responsibility to help ensure all children have a bright and healthy future.”
There are more than 350 scientists and clinicians dedicated to research, and 16 endowed chairs supporting groundbreaking research. Each investigator is a full-time member of the of the University of Pittsburgh faculty. The new research building is housed next to the new Children’s Hospital, scheduled to open May 2, 2009, located in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh. Children’s Hospital’s heritage includes contributions to medical science dating back to Jonas Salk’s historic polio vaccine.
John G. Rangos Sr. has been a strong and consistent supporter of the Children’s Hospital for more than two decades and has contributed more than $8 million to support vital research into childhood diseases such as diabetes.
“Mr. Rangos is not only committed to pediatric health care, he truly understands the importance of research and how it can make an impact on pediatric care nationwide,” said Mary Jo Howard Dively, Esq., chair, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Board of Trustees, and vice chair, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation Board of Trustees. “The new facility is a real tribute to Mr. Rangos and his leadership. He is a person who understands how important research is to the organization, and he looks at how the contribution he plans to make can motivate researchers and foster overall growth.”
Under the leadership of David H. Perlmutter, MD, physician-in-chief and scientific director, and the Vira I. Heinz Professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, the research program at Children’s Hospital is now ranked sixth in the nation in terms of the overall number of National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards. In the last 8 years, research funding to Children’s Hospital from the NIH has increased from less than $4 million to well over $23 million in 2007. Total funding from all sources has now exceeded $42 million per year. “This building will provide the space for Children’s Hospital to continue to recruit the finest child health researchers in the country and also from other countries and also to focus on the development of young and promising scientists who will carry out child health research well into the future,” said Dr. Perlmutter. “We believe the new research center will have a major impact through basic research on the concepts that produce quantum leaps in improving the health of children.”
For more information about the new John G. Rangos Sr. Research Center, or the new Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh campus in Lawrenceville, please visit Children’s Web site at www.chp.edu.