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Child Health Research Institute Names Ann Anderson Berry, M.D., Ph.D., as Executive Director

Oct 12, 2021 12:52PM ● By Med Magazine

The Child Health Research Institute (CHRI), a collaboration between University of Nebraska  Medical Center (UNMC) and Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, is pleased to announce Ann Anderson Berry,  M.D., Ph.D., will serve as CHRI’s executive director and Vice President of Research at Children’s, effective October 4, 2021. Dr. Anderson Berry has served as CHRI’s interim executive director since September 2019 and  is also the Division Chief of Neonatology at Children’s and a professor of Neonatology in the Department of  Pediatrics at UNMC. 

CHRI is an innovative partnership between UNMC and Children’s, launched to change and save young lives.  Established on June 1, 2017, by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents and endorsed by Children’s Board  of Directors, CHRI is comprised of a team of dedicated clinicians, investigators and educators, coming together to  improve the lives of children through research. CHRI currently includes nearly 300 members and is involved with  260 active studies, including participation in a well-publicized, national study testing the Pfizer COVID-19  vaccine in children as young as 6 months old.  

“It is an honor and a privilege to lead the Child Health Research Institute. The culmination of a decade of  visionary work by numerous leaders, CHRI is uniquely positioned with the support of both UNMC and Children’s  and their unique and complementary resources to serve children and their families through impactful research,”  says Dr. Anderson Berry. “The talent and ingenuity of the faculty and staff of CHRI will provide countless  innovations in child health research in the years to come, and I am thrilled to play a role in facilitating that work.” 

“Pediatric research is a powerful part of Children’s mission to improve the lives of children; it helps us discover  breakthroughs, unlock cures and restore childhoods,” says Chanda Chacón, Children’s President & CEO. “I am  inspired by Dr. Anderson Berry’s commitment to this innovative work, and excited to see how the CHRI team’s  work will continue to advance the field and enhance outcomes.” 

“Dr. Anderson Berry’s leadership will greatly benefit CHRI as it moves forward in its crucial mission to support  innovative and collaborative research to improve the health of all children,” says UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. 

Gold, M.D. “She is not only a talented researcher and caring physician in her own right; she also is a committed  and passionate leader. We are excited to see how this important partnership between UNMC and Children’s will  grow and flourish under her guidance.”  

Dr. Anderson Berry earned her medical degree at the Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Neb.  She completed her residency in Pediatrics at the UNMC/Creighton Residency Program and her Neonatology  fellowship at University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Anderson Berry received her  Ph.D. in Medical Nutrition through the Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area program at UNMC. She leads an  active research group with Corrine Hanson, Ph.D., associate professor, Medical Nutrition Education Division in  the College of Allied Health Professions at UNMC. 

CHRI’s mission is to improve the health of children through innovative research, collaborative discovery,  community engagement and advocacy. Click here to learn more.