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Message from Jim Hendricks, PhD

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A Stellar Year for Recruits; the Facilities to Move Research Forward

 Jim Hendricks 2011 145x145 Seattle Children’s Research Institute is home to the West Coast’s largest and most active pediatric research enterprise. Organized around nine multidisciplinary research centers, our research teams tackle a daunting range of childhood diseases. Our collaborative and supportive environment has attracted some of the nation’s leading pediatric scientists to Seattle. In the past year alone, we have welcomed Drs. Tim Cox, Bill Dobyns, Kathleen Millen, Mike Jensen, Tonya Palermo and Adrian Piloponsky. This high-profile group joins the institute’s team of nearly 1,000 researchers.

In addition to recruiting stellar scientists, the research institute continues to develop leading-edge pediatric research programs supported by world-class facilities. The Center for Tissue and Cell Science recently established a Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Program supported by the largest zebrafish facility in Seattle. Zebrafish are an ideal model for research on early development and are pivotal to our studies of cardiac regeneration. The Center for Childhood Cancer has established a Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) facility to support the production of cell-based therapies for cancer, making Seattle Children’s one of only three children’s hospitals in the U.S. to have such a facility.

The commitment of our researchers, the hope of our patients and families and the generous support of our community make the work of our research institute possible.

Welcome to our 2010 Academic Annual Report, where you can learn more about the research activities and achievements that distinguish our institution.