Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine will share an anonymous donation of $15 million to establish a pediatric research facility at the 314-bed hospital. The USC-CHLA Institute for Pediatric Clinical Research will conduct research on childhood diseases and clinical trials on new treatments. It will initially focus on leukemia, building on research currently being conducted at Childrens Hospital. The institute will operate as a free-standing organization under a board of directors independent of the school and hospital. Its two lead investigators will be Roberta Williams and Stuart Siegel. Williams is professor and chairwoman of pediatrics at the Keck School and vice president of pediatrics and academic affairs at Childrens Hospital. Siegel is professor and vice chairman of pediatrics at the Keck School and head of hematology/oncology at Childrens Hospital. "The USC-CHLA Institute ... is a manifestation of the shared goals and vision of USC and Childrens Hospital to create a truly world-class organization in this area of great need," said USC President Steven Sample. "By combining our institutions' strengths and resources, we are confident that we can make a significant impact on childhood diseases by finding breakthrough treatments and cures." -- by Laura B. Benko
USC, Childrens to establish research facility
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