Child Health Research Institute Selects Advisory Board to Boost Impact of Research on the Lives of Children

Ann Anderson Berry, MD, PhD

Ann Anderson Berry, MD, PhD

Omaha, Neb. – The Child Health Research Institute (CHRI), a collaboration between Children’s Hospital & Medical Center and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), is pleased to announce its National Scientific Advisory Board (NSAB). The members of the advisory board are experts in pediatric science at leading institutions around the U.S., bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge to the growing institute. The National Scientific Advisory Board will provide input on CHRI strategies, objectives, priorities and other institute-wide matters. They will meet twice a year, once virtually this summer, and in-person at the annual CHRI Conference, Nov. 3 and 4.  

Ann Anderson Berry, MD, PhD, CHRI Executive Director, chief of the UNMC Division of Neonatology and Vice President of Research at Children’s, says that the engagement of the new board will be vital to the development of CHRI. “The NSAB is tasked with reviewing the leadership, structure and resources of CHRI and making recommendations to the leadership to enhance the opportunities and increase the successes of our members,” she says. “Using our mission and vision as guides and our strategic plan as an outline, the NSAB will review our current state and help us move forward as an institution in the best manner possible.” 

“At Children’s, we are invested in the development of science that improves the lives of children,” says Chanda Chacón, MPH, FACHE, Children’s President & CEO. “I am eager to see how the formation of this knowledgeable board steers CHRI to enable groundbreaking discoveries that have real-world impact for children in our region and beyond.” 

UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, says he is excited by the leaders who have joined the board. 

“The Child Health Research Institute’s innovative and collaborative research will have an enormous positive effect on the children of Nebraska and beyond,” Dr. Gold says. “With the visionary leadership these board members bring to their new roles, the Child Health Research Institute is certain to continue to advance pediatric science as it seeks better health care outcomes for children.” 

The National Scientific Advisory Board members are: 

Chair of the Board 

Margaret (Peggy) K. Hostetter, MD, Professor Emerita, Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, former B. K. Rachford Chair and Director of the Research Foundation, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center 

Board Members 

Carl L. Bose, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  

Phyllis A. Dennery, MD, Professor and Sylvia K. Hassenfeld Chair of Pediatrics; Professor of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry, Brown University; Pediatrician in Chief, Hasbro Children's Hospital 

Kevin Johnson, MD, MS, FAAP, FAMIA, FACMI, Vice President of Applied Informatics at the University of Pennsylvania Health System and David L. Cohen University Professor of Pediatrics, Informatics, Engineering and Communication, Perelman School of Medicine, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania 

Jeffrey C Murray, MD, Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa 

Joseph P. Neglia, MD, MPH, Ruben Benston Professor and Head, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota 

Frederick Suchy, MD, Senior Research Strategist, Professor of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Colorado, University of Colorado School of Medicine 


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