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Sanford’s Children’s Health Research Center receives $11.6 million grant

Sep 16, 2013 10:20AM ● By Med Editor

A five-year grant of more than $11.6 million from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) will support the Children’s Health Research Center at Sanford Research.

The center is led by David Pearce, PhD, vice president and chief operating officer for Sanford Research.

The Children’s Health Research Center focuses on pediatric translational research and is the home to several research initiatives designed to understand the underlying basis of several congenital defects and childhood diseases. Among those diseases are neurodegenerative disorders, pediatric brain cancers, cystic kidney disease, primary ciliary dyskinesia, developmental defects of the nervous system and pancreas, oxidative injury in the perinatal lung, disorders relating to defects in the cell nucleus and fatty acid deficiencies in newborns.

The center’s team is comprised of expertise in a wide range of disciplines, including genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, developmental biology and biochemistry. The Coordination of Rare Diseases at Sanford (CoRDS), an international and central registry of individuals who have been diagnosed with a rare disease, is a cornerstone program within the Children’s Health Research Center.

“This grant demonstrates NIH’s commitment to the capable team of researchers in Sanford Children’s Health Research Center as well as the overall organizational vision of Sanford to improve the health of children across the globe,” said Pearce.

The Children’s Health Research Center also includes collaboration with the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institue in La Jolla, CA.

Pearce is one of the world’s top researchers of Batten disease, a neurodegenerative disorder, and leads the Pearce Lab for Genetically Inherited Diseases of Children at Sanford Research.

The NIH, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Policy, is the nation’s medical research agency.