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News at the Richard King Mellon Foundation Institute for Pediatric Research

2015

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Appoints NIH Immunology Researcher as Mellon Scholar
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC News Release
Timothy Hand, Ph.D., a scientist specializing in gastrointestinal immunology, has been named a scholar within the Richard King Mellon Foundation Institute for Pediatric Research at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Dr. Hand’s research focuses on the development and regulation of T-cell responses against microbiota and how gastrointestinal infection may “unleash” the immune response against commensal bacteria and how such responses are controlled to prevent overt pathology.

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation Invests in Cardiovascular Regeneration Research
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC News Release
Bernard Kühn, M.D., a scientist at the Richard King Mellon Foundation Institute for Pediatric Research at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, is being awarded a $200,000 grant from the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. The grant is being provided from the Fund for Genomic Discovery, which was raised by the Foundation’s Research and Education Program Committee.

A Strategy for Stimulating Heart Muscle Regeneration in Infants, Study Finds
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC News Release
Surgery often is life-saving for many infants born with heart defects, but one thing that doctors cannot do yet is replace heart muscle that is scarred and dysfunctional. Researchers from the Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and Boston Children’s Hospital hope to overcome the challenge by stimulating regeneration of heart tissue. The findings were described today in Science Translational Medicine.

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Appoints NIH Immunology Researcher as Mellon Scholar
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC News Release
Timothy Hand, Ph.D., a scientist specializing in gastrointestinal immunology, has been named a scholar within the Richard King Mellon Foundation Institute for Pediatric Research at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Dr. Hand’s research focuses on the development and regulation of T-cell responses against microbiota and how gastrointestinal infection may “unleash” the immune response against commensal bacteria and how such responses are controlled to prevent overt pathology.

2014

Third Mellon Scholar Appointed to The Richard King Mellon Foundation Institute for Pediatric Research at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC News Release
Bernhard Kühn, M.D., a physician-scientist whose research focuses on heart failure, has been named a Scholar within the Richard King Mellon Foundation Institute for Pediatric Research and Director of Research for the Division of Cardiology at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Dr. Kühn is a board-certified and practicing pediatric cardiologist whose research focuses on regenerative therapies for the heart.

2013

First Mellon Scholars Appointed to Richard King Mellon Foundation Institute for Pediatric Research
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Press Release
The Richard King Mellon Foundation Institute for Pediatric Research at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has named Stephen Maricich, MD, PhD, and Timothy Sanders, MD, PhD, as the first two physician-scientists in its Mellon Scholars Program, which enables promising physician-scientists in the early stages of their careers to pursue potential breakthrough research projects in biomedicine.

2012

Future vaccines may target cell proteins
The University of Pittsburgh University Times
Work from Dr. Kolls’ lab, published online in Immunity, shows a potential new approach for vaccine development. By stimulating specialized immune cells to recognize foreign cell membrane proteins that are shared across bacterial species, vaccines could become more effective against multi-drug resistant organisms.

2011

Mellon Foundation establishes new institute at Rangos Research Center
The Richard King Mellon Foundation Institute for Pediatric Research will be located within Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s Rangos Research Center and will be headed by leading geneticist and pulmonary specialist Jay K. Kolls, MD.