The Pasadena Guild of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has pledged a $3 million endowment to fund the Pasadena Guild Chair in Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
The inaugural holder of the endowed chair is David Warburton, OBE, DSc, MD, MMM, FRCP, FRCS, FRCPC, who has led The Saban Research Institute’s Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine Program since its inception in 1996. Since 2003, the Pasadena Guild has supported the research program, which has grown to include more than 25 collaborating scientists.
“Dr. Warburton is a leader in child health and regenerative medicine and cellular therapies, and his contributions have made a broad translational impact in pediatric medicine,” said Brent Polk, MD, chair of the Department of Pediatrics, vice president of Academic Affairs at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and director of The Saban Research Institute, adding that this field of research is expanding rapidly, promising a vast array of potential applications to benefit children’s health.
Warburton’s major contributions range from clinical studies establishing management practices of extreme prematurity, to infants of diabetics, to basic mechanisms of organ morphogenesis, repair and regeneration.
He holds a medical degree and a doctorate of science from the University of London, is an elected member of numerous academies and royal colleges, and has been created an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
“During our ten year affiliation with Dr. Warburton, Guild members have worked to both raise significant funds for—and awareness of—the transformative research of this program and its impact on treatment outcomes for children,” said Nancy Twist, president of the Pasadena Guild of Children’s Hospital. “As a token of our affection for Dr. Warburton and respect for his work, the chair will be re-named the Pasadena Guild David Warburton Endowed Chair in Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine upon his retirement…which we hope is still far off. Meanwhile, we look forward to working with him and fellow researchers at Children’s Hospital as they continue to expand this promising program.”
Twist announced the pledge for the endowed chair on February 20 during a celebration dinner for The Saban Research Institute Annual Symposium. The symposium, “Regenerative Medicine and Cellular Therapies: Inventing the Future for Children,” was held on February 21 and served as a platform to highlight exciting strides researchers are making in the field, ranging from potential medical and surgical breakthroughs to regeneration of organs such as hearts and lungs.
The symposium program featured distinguished speakers from top academic institutions and hospitals from around the country including Penn Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Colorado and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, along with research faculty from The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital and the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.
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