Richard King Mellon Institute for Pediatric Research

Taking Pediatric Research to New Heights

Richard King Mellon Foundation Institute for Pediatric Research

The pursuit of bold new advances for the treatment of some of the world’s most debilitating childhood illnesses defines the work of the Richard King Mellon Institute for Pediatric Research.

Established through a groundbreaking gift from the Richard King Mellon Foundation, the Institute is an incubator for research that challenges conventional wisdom and can lead to paradigm shifts in pediatric medicine. This kind of high-risk, high-impact investigation is not typically funded through government or conventional sources, placing UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in a unique realm of pediatric research centers.

Located within the John G. Rangos Sr. Research Center on Children’s main campus, the institute's faculty and programs are a part of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The Institute supports exceptionally talented Mellon Scholars and their teams by encouraging them to pursue their most innovative ideas. The result will be a profound effect on our understanding of the causes and treatment of pediatric diseases.


The Richard King Mellon Institute for Pediatric Research fosters an environment of scientific excellence in which multidisciplinary teams of physicians and scientists work together on cutting-edge solutions in medical science. The core goals of the Institute are to:

  • Support a state-of-the-art laboratory unit for research in molecular and cellular biology.
  • Enable the recruitment of the most innovative and capable pediatric scientists by supporting their most promising work.
  • Develop a competitive edge in recruiting and retaining scarce clinical and research talent.
  • Strengthen the educational program for future pediatric leaders.