The Department of Pediatrics was honored to receive a generous gift from Shirley Papé in 2006 to establish the first Pediatric Research Institute at OHSU. In June of 2008, Dr. Markus Grompe was appointed the Ray Hickey Chair of Pediatric Research and Director of the Papé Family Pediatric Research Institute. In 2018, Dr. Grompe retired from this position, and leadership of the institute and the Ray Hickey Chair passed to Dr. Daniel Marks M.D., Ph.D. The institute is dedicated to building a state-of-the-art research facility with a focus on studying numerous childhood diseases, such as diabetes, neurological disorders, hemophilia, pediatric cancer and metabolic disorders.
The institute is recruiting several premier scientists to fill its facilities on the seventh floor of the state-of-the-art Biomedical Research Building. Both junior- and senior-level researchers will be sought. The overall focus of our research program is on the development of novel therapies for disorders with currently inadequate treatments. We are particularly interested in finding treatments for chronic childhood diseases, especially those in which chronic inflammation and failure to thrive are a common component. We also have a strong team dedicated to pediatric brain cancers, and would like to add expertise to that team. In addition, we have a particular interest in disorders of the blood, including leukemia. Over time, we plan to build a powerful synergistic environment capable of developing new stem cell transplantation and new gene transfer platforms for the treatment of childhood diseases.
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