Nationwide Foundation Awards $10 Million for Pediatric Innovation Fund

Nationwide Foundation Awards $10 Million for Pediatric Innovation Fund

The in Columbus, Ohio, has announced a $10 million gift to in support of the .

Established in 2014 with a gift of $10 million from the foundation, the fund to date has supported key clinical and research efforts in heart health, neonatology, injury prevention, and genomics at the hospital. The latest gift from the foundation will provide support for the , one of the first ventures focused on personalized pediatric genomic medicine at a children's hospital in the United States. Led by Elaine R. Mardis and Richard K. Wilson, who hold endowed chairs in genomic medicine at the hospital established with support from the foundation, the institute will build on their work on a number of federally funded genomics research initiatives, including the Human Genome Project, the Cancer Genome Atlas, the Human Microbiome Project, and the 1,000 Genomes Project.

"We are honored by the ongoing support we receive from the Nationwide Foundation and are grateful for their dedication to the advancement of promising research and clinical discoveries that will have an impact across the globe," said Nationwide Children's Hospital CEO Steve Allen. "The continued commitment has positioned Nationwide Children's as pioneers in injury prevention and genomics — the key to personalized or 'precision' medicine. Likewise, injury prevention research is vital as millions of children are injured in and around the home each year. The hospital's partnership with the Nationwide Foundation helps further the goal of making homes safer."

"." Nationwide Foundation Press Release 05/30/2017.