Children's Establishes Endowed Chair for Pediatric Infectious Disease Research

Children’s Hospital Guild Association raised $1.5 million to establish an endowed chair in Pediatric Infectious Disease Research.

Children’s Hospital Guild Association raised $1.5 million to establish an endowed chair in Pediatric Infectious Disease Research. Craig Rubens, M.D., Ph.D., chief of Infectious Diseases, Immunology and Rheumatology at Children’s, has been selected as the first holder of the chair. Dr. Rubens’ appointment was made jointly by Children’s and the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Funding for Children’s Endowed Chair in Pediatric Infectious Disease Research will be used to develop new vaccines, drugs and diagnostic tools, and to better understand how microbes, like viruses and bacteria cause disease and become resistant to drugs used to treat these infections.

“Dr. Rubens has received this appointment for his contributions to research on bacterial infections in newborns and children, and for his leadership in developing research programs in Infectious Disease,” said Kandace Holley, Guild Association Board of Trustees chair. “Our ability to endow this chair, as well as meet our other commitments to the hospital, is a testament to the dedication each of our 7,500 guild members has for the hospital.”

Dr. Rubens’ research at Children’s has focused on how Group B Streptococcus (GBS) bacteria causes infections in newborns and pregnant women. Dr. Rubens has begun to identify the important factors produced by these bacteria, some of which have been targeted for a vaccine or new antibiotic therapies.

GBS is the most common life threatening infection in newborns and a leading cause of newborn death in the United States. GBS infects about 3,200 newborns every year in the United States.

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Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

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Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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