The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a long and distinguished history as a world leader in pediatric research. Today more than ever before, CHOP stands poised to make discoveries that have the potential to profoundly influence children’s health.
Well-known philanthropist Raymond G. Perelman is helping to ensure that the pace of discovery at CHOP accelerates. In January, we were honored to announce a transformative $50 million gift from him. Equal to the largest gift in CHOP’s history, the funding will support a far-reaching scientific landscape, establishing:
- The Raymond G. Perelman Center for Cellular and Molecular Therapeutics, bringing together the world’s leading experts in immunotherapy and molecular therapy to explore novel ways to fight — and defeat — cancer, metabolic diseases and other catastrophic illnesses
- Perelman Scholars, two new tenure-track faculty positions at CHOP to be filled by candidates from among the world’s finest pediatric researchers
- The Perelman Fund for Research Innovation, a permanent source of funding enabling the CHOP Research Institute to identify and pursue new strategic scientific initiatives
- The Raymond G. Perelman Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neuro-Ophthalmology, to recognize and support the work of a highly skilled physician-scientist who is breaking new ground in the understanding and treatment of ophthalmologic diseases in children
The gift will also support general scientific activities of the CHOP Research Institute.
In recognition of Mr. Perelman’s landmark gift, CHOP is establishing the Raymond G. Perelman Campus in University City, encompassing the newly opened Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care; the Ruth and Tristram Colket, Jr. Translational Research Building, opened in 2009; and the outdoor plaza linking the two. The 8-acre area will be the hub of pediatric research and clinical innovation at CHOP.
Mortimer J. Buckley, chairman of the Board of Trustees, says: “Through his generosity, Mr. Perelman is first and foremost improving the lives of children for generations to come, and we will always be grateful for his altruism.”
For more information, go to: chop.edu/perelman