The Richard King Mellon Foundation 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 Foundation 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 Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC 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. Led by its internationally renowned director, Jay Kolls, MD, the Institute will support 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.

Mission

The Richard King Mellon Foundation 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.

Contact the Institute

The Richard King Mellon Foundation Institute for Pediatric Research is located within the John G. Rangos Sr. Research Center on the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC campus in Lawrenceville. Its faculty and programs are a part of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Richard King Mellon Foundation Institute for Pediatric Research 
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Rangos Research Center, 8th Floor
One Children's Hospital Drive
4401 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Jay K. Kolls, MD, Director, Richard King Mellon Foundation Institute for Pediatric Research  Director 
Jay K. Kolls, MD
jay.kolls@chp.edu

Main Office Contacts

Annette Zervins, Administrative Assistant  Administrative Assistant
Annette Zervins
412-692-7710
412-692-6184 Fax
annette.zervins@chp.edu  
Michelle Labrinidis, Administrative Manager  Administrative Manager
Michelle Labrinidis
412-692-3093
michelle.labrinidis@chp.edu