CHOP, Drexel, Hebrew University Partnership Honored

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The Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce (PICC) recently honored the joint research collaboration among Drexel University, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with the 2015 Yitzhak Rabin Public Service Award. The Rabin Award honors regional businesses, academic institutions, and their leaders who exemplify the organization’s goals of broadening business and academic ties between the United States and Israel.

The agreement among the three institutions was signed in a ceremony at Jerusalem City Hall in the presence of Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter on November 11, 2013. The agreement served as a new standard for potential partnerships between US cities and foreign nations to further academic and research projects.

The research partnership — which led to a conference at CHOP in January 2014 — is designed to focus on pediatric translational research and to develop a collaborative platform for advancing pediatric medicine from the lab to the bedside. The conference provided an opportunity for investigators from the three institutions to find collaborators with whom to develop joint projects and proposals in pediatric translational research and for interested funders to learn more about the potential for discovery that this collaborative consortium holds.

Two dedicated “dream teams” of investigators were selected, each receiving $250,000 over two years in institutional funding, as administrators seek external investors interested in advancing exciting pediatric translational research with commercial viability.

One dream team is based at Drexel with Amy Throckmorton, PhD, as the principal investigator of the “Giving Kids a Chance” project that is investigating a new intravascular blood pump for pediatric patients with congenital heart disease. A second dream team is located at CHOP with Robert J. Levy, MD, leading the project “Pediatric Transcatheter Valve Replacements: Preventing Device Failure due to Structural Degeneration.”

“Drexel, CHOP and the Hebrew University’s collaborative research on pediatric care is very important to strengthening and broadening the entire region’s academic, commercial, and friendship ties with Israel,” said Richard Bendit, president of the PICC. “Moreover, such joint research elevates the Greater Philadelphia’s rank as a premier center for medical research while opening myriad of new opportunities for future collaborations and further economic impact.”

To read more about the award, see the full press release.

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