Donors Fuel Research Discoveries

Monday, Jun 10 2019

Dr Verneris

For many children with debilitating diseases, research breakthroughs may be their families’ single greatest hope. When you support research at Children’s Hospital Colorado, you help to advance new treatments and save lives.

By leveraging the resources and partnerships on the renowned Anschutz Medical Campus, our team works every day to find more effective, less invasive ways to treat pediatric illness and disease. We rank in the Top 5 nationally for prestigious National Institutes of Health funding, and we have more than 3,400 physicians, nurses and scientists conducting child health research.

While grants are essential, the truth is that we couldn’t conduct our critical, lifesaving research without the financial support of generous donors. Nationwide, research funding is scarcer than ever — especially within the field of pediatrics. Between budget cuts and inflation, the National Institutes of Health, the federal government’s primary source of research grants, has far less spending power than it did 20 years ago. Child health research grants are even more competitive and harder to secure.

As federal research funding continues to decline, donors have stepped in to help. Thanks to community support, we’re able to fill the funding gap and continually identify promising new therapies. Your support funds groundbreaking discoveries that make a transformative difference for patients at Children’s Colorado and worldwide.

Here are three ways that your support makes a difference at Children’s Colorado:

  1. Filling the Funding Gap: Between budget cuts and inflation, research funding is scarcer than ever — especially within the field of pediatrics. But thanks to donors, we’re able to fill the funding gap and continually identify promising new therapies. Without donors, many of our research programs wouldn’t exist — nor would the new treatments, cures and innovations our team has already discovered.

  2. Supporting Cutting-Edge Treatments: Our physician-scientists continually have new ideas for improving child health. But researchers need data and resources to test new hypotheses, so they can translate these ideas to patients. Without sufficient early funding, it’s almost impossible to secure bigger grants for transformative research. Philanthropy enable early-career researchers to pursue cutting-edge ideas and outside-the-box thinking. In recent years, several of our physician-scientists have leveraged gifts from private donors to secure multi-million-dollar government grants that led to new breakthroughs in pediatric medicine. Funding the best and the brightest at the outset of their careers has proven to pay dividends for decades to come.

  3. Encouraging Innovation: If someone has an idea that can save a child’s life, we will do everything we can to turn that idea into a reality today. That’s why Children’s Colorado created the Center for Innovation, a leading health innovation hub that offers caregivers and entrepreneurs comprehensive resources to launch new ideas. Turning an idea into a tangible product that benefits patients typically take significant capital, resources and expertise. But in a few short years, the Center and its partners have already launched several new medical devices and digital health technologies that are improving kids’ lives.

Through research, we’ve made impressive progress in improving child health outcomes, but many medical mysteries are far from solved and many diseases are not yet cured. Together, we are committed to advancing discoveries that minimize side effects, heal disease and improve children’s lives. Donate today to support research at Children’s Colorado.

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