LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) - The Nebraska Board of Regents approved the creation of the Child Health Research Institute at a meeting Thursday.
The institute, which is a collaboration between the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Children's Hospital and Medical Center, will provide a base for the growing partnership, which began in 2007.
“The institute will further strengthen the mutual commitment between Children’s and UNMC in research and to help define a roadmap for the future, to ensure we continue successfully in research for years to come," Dr. John Sparks, chairman of the UNMC pediatrics department said in a release. “We’ve been growing, but we see the institute now as an organizing force to set a tone and direction for the future....The focus is to start growing our critical mass of researchers and to improve our publications and our funding base. I would hope in the not too distant future we’ll be big enough to think about our own facility.”
No state funds were used to create the institute.