Children's, UNMC sign Child Health Research Institute agreement

by Sarah Weller Children's Hospital & Medical Center | October 07, 2020

Image with caption: Chanda Chacón, president & CEO of Children's Hospital & Medical Center, left, and Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, chancellor of UNMC.

Chanda Chacón, president & CEO of Children's Hospital & Medical Center, left, and Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, chancellor of UNMC.

A new agreement governing the continued operation of the Child Health Research Institute (CHRI) was signed Monday by Children's Hospital & Medical Center and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, further strengthening their longstanding partnership and commitment to advancing pediatric research in the state of Nebraska and beyond.

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Chanda Chacón, president & CEO of Children's Hospital & Medical Center, signs the CHRI Agreement.

The Child Health Research Institute is a University of Nebraska Center of Excellence and functions as a joint collaboration between Children's and UNMC, focused on improving the lives of children through research. Comprised of a team of dedicated clinicians, investigators and educators, the partnership allows both entities to most effectively promote discovery and innovation to improve the health and wellness of children. CHRI is committed to attracting and mentoring talent, fostering relationships between clinicians and investigators and training the next generation of child health researchers.

"When independent, freestanding children's hospitals like ours and academic medical centers like UNMC team up, it elevates and enhances pediatric care, advocacy, research and education -- all to improve the lives of children and families," said Chanda Chacón, president & CEO of Children's Hospital & Medical Center. "Pediatric research has the power to unlock cures and restore childhoods. We're proud to partner together to advance this truly life-changing work."

"UNMC and Children's Hospital & Medical Center have enjoyed an important and long-term partnership," said Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, chancellor of UNMC. "It has strengthened every aspect of pediatric care in the communities that we both serve. With this new agreement, we continue our commitment to work together to advance cutting-edge pediatric research that will ultimately lead to better outcomes for the children and families of Nebraska and the world."

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