Faculty Honors and Grants

Childhood Cancer Research Team Awarded $10.2 Million Cancer Moonshot Grant

Timothy CripeNationwide Children's Hospital Medical ProfessionalThe National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health announced it has awarded one of its Cancer Moonshot grants to Timothy Cripe, MD, PhD, chief of the Division of Hematology, Oncology & Blood and Marrow Transplant, and Elaine Mardis, PhD, co-executive director of the Steve and Cindy Rasmussen Institute for Genomic Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The multiyear grant supports multiple ongoing projects led by the Pediatric Ohio-NewYork Cancer (Peds-ONC) Immunotherapy Center. The team includes collaborators at The Ohio State University, the New York College of Medicine and the University of Minnesota. This is the second Cancer Moonshot grant awarded to researchers at Nationwide Children’s.

$3 Million Grant Awarded to Children’s Hospitals in Ohio, Michigan to Establish Regional Disaster Center of Excellence

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical ProfessionalNationwide Children's Hospital Medical ProfessionalThe Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently awarded a $3 million grant that will establish The Eastern Great Lakes Pediatric Consortium for Disaster Response as a Center of Disaster Excellence. The consortium, which Nationwide Children’s Hospital is a part of, is led by University Hospitals’ Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and is accompanied by four other children’s hospitals in Ohio and Michigan. Rachel Stanley, MD, MHSA, chief of Emergency Medicine at Nationwide Children’s will lead the consortium team at Nationwide Children’s along with Ellen McManus, MD, attending Emergency Medicine physician.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Joins Four Other Top Research Institutions in Joint Initiative Focused on Single Ventricle Heart Defects

The Abigail Wexner Research Institute (AWRI) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is the recipient of a $1 million Innovation Fund, endowed by the nonprofit foundation Additional Ventures. In receiving this funding, AWRI will join four other research institutions — including Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the Gladstone Institutes, Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University — in a large-scale coordinated research effort centered on identifying new avenues to functionally cure patients with single ventricle heart defects. These funds will be used to extend research platforms to include more highrisk, high-reward projects that are often challenging to fund through more traditional grant mechanisms.

Deena Chisolm, PhD, Receives Nationwide Foundation Endowed Chair of Health Equity Research

Deena ChisolmIn 2020, the Nationwide Foundation Pediatric Innovation Fund supported the creation and funding of the Nationwide Foundation Endowed Chair of Health Equity Research. This chair is awarded to Deena Chisolm, PhD, director of a Center of Emphasis dedicated to health equity research and vice president of Health Services Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Dr. Chisolm is an epidemiologist whose research is focused on measuring and improving the effectiveness, efficiency and equity of pediatric health care in at-risk communities.

Jeff Bridge, PhD, Receives Nationwide Foundation Endowed Chair of Innovation in Behavioral Health Research

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical ProfessionalIn 2020, the Nationwide Foundation Pediatric Innovation Fund supported the creation of the Nationwide Foundation Endowed Chair of Innovation in Behavioral Health Research. This chair is awarded to Jeff Bridge, PhD, director of the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. This honor recognizes Dr. Bridge’s pioneering work in suicide prevention at the Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s. His research focuses on the epidemiology of suicidal behavior in young people and on improving the quality of care for suicidal youth and adolescents who have attempted suicide.

National Pancreas Foundation Center of Excellence Designation

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical ProfessionalNationwide Children’s Hospital has been named a National Pancreas Foundation (NPF) Center of Excellence. In alignment with Nationwide Children’s vision of delivering multidisciplinary care to support best outcomes, the NPF selects hospitals based on their ability to provide a comprehensive pediatric health care delivery system for the treatment of pancreatic disease. Cheryl Gariepy, MD, is the director of the Pancreas Center at Nationwide Children’s. The recognition is a credit to the physicians and staff and the center’s capacity to provide comprehensive care and advanced procedures that put us at the forefront of care and outcomes.