2013: A New Era of Scientific Discovery


In 2012, the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern opened with the vision of building a premier biomedical research program focused on transformational discoveries leading to new treatments and therapies. Funded by Children’s with the support of the community, the Children’s Research Institute benefits from the outstanding research resources at UT Southwestern. Ultimately, it will involve 150 world-class scientists pursuing discoveries related to the prevention, treatment and cure of cancer, birth defects and metabolic diseases.

The Hamon Charitable Foundation, established by legendary Dallas oilman Jake Hamon and his wife, Nancy, made a $10 million lead gift to the Children’s Research Institute. In the spirit of Texas wildcatting, this transformational gift served as the foundation for a $200 million endowment to support “game-changing” pediatric research.

In addition to filling a critical niche in the area’s medical care, Children’s Medical Center is a significant contributor to the regional economy. We are a leading employer, and our operations and building expansions, combined with the spending impact of people who visit the hospital, added more than $1 billion to the regional economy during the past decade.

Our promise during the next 100 years is to relentlessly pursue leading-edge medical solutions for our most precious community resource: our children. We think Nurse May Smith would be pleased.

Top: A close-up of the incredibly accurate instruments of one of the robotic surgical systems at Children’s. A generous gift from a Dallas family funded the purchase of this system.

Bottom: Dr. James Amatruda of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s observes zebrafish in his lab at UT Southwestern, where he is a faculty member. Dr. Amatruda is working to understand cancer at a molecular level to improve treatments for childhood cancer.

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