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CHOP-Drexel-Hebrew University Dream Teams


Despite snowstorms and freezing temperatures, the symposium on "Advancing Health Care for Children", organized jointly by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Drexel University (DU), and Hebrew University (HU) exceeded all expectations. The symposium brought together researchers with complementary expertise from the three institutions, and provided a series of opportunities for sharing new results and ideas with the ultimate goal of forming collaborative "Dream Teams" in translational pediatric health care.

The plenary sessions provided broad overviews of research at each location and lively breakout sessions allowed discussions of on-going projects. Abstracts provided by many of the symposium participants can be downloaded from:

Our next step is to capture the energy and excitement that permeated the air during the symposium by collecting proposals of collaborative interest that can be used to provide a strong foundation for philanthropic fundraising. We are asking researchers from CHOP, DU and HU, including those who were unable to attend the symposium, to work together to prepare concept papers that define translational pediatric research needs and opportunities that one or more CHOP-DU-HU Dream Teams are well positioned to address.

Concept papers prepared in response to this Request for Information should describe innovative translational research targets that address unmet needs in pediatric healthcare with the potential to be commercialized. Each concept paper should make clear the complementary expertise available in each of the three institutions. Please keep in mind that these concept papers will be shared with potential donors so do not use highly technical language.

Please use the following "Request for Information" template in preparing your one-two page concept papers.
1. Describe the unmet pediatric healthcare need.
2. Outline experimental approach(es) that might be used to address the need while highlighting the unique contributions or capabilities available in each of the three partner institutions.
3. Indicate potential milestones for success and the impact of the work proposed.
4. Outline strategies for commercialization.
5. Include an NIH style biographical sketch for all investigators (these are for internal purposes and do not contribute to the page limit count).

The concept papers will be assembled into a CHOP-DU-HU translational research portfolio that will be shared with potential donors. As funding becomes available, requests for collaborative Dream Team proposals will be released by the three sponsor organizations in the relevant areas of interest.

Please submit concept papers in the form of a single pdf document to by March 14, 2014. Please address questions to Tom Curran (, Julie (, or Rami (