Unique Collaboration Formed to Enhance Pediatric Cancer Research

December 6, 2005

Today, Columbus Childrens Hospital, Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center and The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center have signed a collaborative agreement to broaden the study of childhood cancer and accelerate the transfer of key research findings to the clinical setting.
  
The unique relationship between the three institutions will stimulate novel research and help develop collaborations in pediatric cancer-related studies that will also have applications to adults, according to Dr. Michael Caligiuri, who will serve as director of the effort along with co-directors from Cincinnati Childrens and Columbus Childrens. This new collaborative Pediatric Oncology Program is being established as part of the National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center at OSU, one of only two in the state.
     
Patients will be the most important beneficiaries of this agreement, which will utilize the combined expertise and resources of three well-known and respected institutions, said Caligiuri, who also is director of Ohio State Universitys Comprehensive Cancer Center.  We are coming together as separate institutions and challenging ourselves to fully leverage the translational research strengths of each program.
     
According to Dr. John Barnard, president of the Columbus Childrens Research Institute, this relationship supports the most important aspect of cancer research, which is collaboration. With this agreement we can be even more nimble about working together to extend scientific knowledge and educational programs relating to cancer. What we share is a common vision for world-class programs in cancer research and education. While we remain separate institutions serving unique patient populations, this agreement supports collaboration in many ways.
     
Specific objectives of the relationship include the unprecedented development of a joint strategic plan for cancer research and education. A focus will be to more fully utilize the resources that each organization has to contribute to take advantage of a large pool of talented researchers in the region. In addition, the three organizations will cooperate to attract the best and brightest cancer investigators to the state of Ohio.
     
We already have the benefit of many national cancer research leaders among our three programs, but now we will seek recruits who will not only benefit our individual institutions but also elevate cancer research in the entire region, says Dr. David A. Williams, director of experimental hematology at Cincinnati Childrens. This will enhance the research we do, the education we can give to the next generation of physician scientists and, most importantly, ensure the latest discoveries are available for all our patients.  

Linda Weiss, chief of the Cancer Centers Branch at the National Cancer Institute, says the partnership combines the unique and complementary strengths of three well-known and powerful cancer research institutions in Ohio to address pediatric cancer.

The foresight and commitment of these institutions in bringing this complex collaborative agreement to fruition is to be commended, said Weiss. It should prove exciting and rewarding for all involved, and ultimately benefit children and families in central and southern Ohio and in the nation as a whole.  We have been and will continue to be supportive of this collaboration and wish it every success.

Contacts:
Jim Feuer, Cincinnati Childrens Medical Center, (513) 636-4656
jim.feuer@cchmc.org

Pam Barber, Columbus Childrens Hospital, (614) 722-4595
barberp@chi.osu.edu

David Crawford, OSU Medical Center, (614) 293-3737
crawford.1@osu.edu

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 list of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of nearly 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.