Generosity in Action

A Game-changing Gift Empowers Personalized Medicine.

The Roberts Collaborative for Genetics and Individualized Medicine positions the Hospital at the forefront of pediatric genetic research.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is ushering in a new era in genetics and broadening the scope of genetic medicine across all clinical areas of the Hospital through the creation of the Roberts Collaborative for Genetics and Individualized Medicine. With a $25 million gift, the Roberts family is the principal external funder of this $50 million initiative.

In recognition of the family’s generosity, the first research building on the Hospital’s new Schuylkill Avenue Campus (artist’s rendering below) will be known as the Roberts Center for Pediatric Research.

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Top: Aileen K. Roberts, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Brian L. Roberts at the symposium announcing the creation of the Roberts Collaborative for Genetics and Individualized Medicine. Above: The scientists who spoke at the symposium included Douglas C. Wallace, PhD, Director of the Center for Mitochondrial and Epigenomic Medicine at CHOP.

“The Roberts family is honored to be able to contribute to CHOP’s efforts to create a world-class collaborative and clinical center for genetic and individualized medicine in pediatrics,” says Aileen Roberts, a former member of the Hospital’s Board of Trustees. “We are gratified to be able to help children the world over and for generations to come.”

Core components of the Roberts Collaborative for Genetics and Individualized Medicine include:

  • Genetic diagnostics – through the efforts of the Division of Genomic Diagnostics.
  • Clinical support and counseling – by the newly established Roberts Individualized Medical Genetics Center at CHOP’s Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care, located on the Raymond G. Perelman Campus.
  • Education – for patients, families and clinicians on genetic diagnostics.
  • Training – of residents and medical students about individualized pediatric care.
  • Informatics – developing innovative solutions to healthcare informatics needs through CHOP’s Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics.
  • Therapeutics – identifying targeted therapeutic options based on an individual’s genetic information.
  • Research and development – the creation of a data repository that will help fuel discovery of rare and complex traits, transforming them into novel diagnostic and therapeutic solutions.

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