TOTAL RACE PARTICIPANTS SINCE ITS INCEPTION
RAISED FOR PEDIATRIC RESEARCH AND CARE
PEDIATRIC RESEARCH PROJECTS SUPPORTED SINCE 2013
RESEARCH PROJECTS FUNDED FROM LAST YEAR'S RACE:
- Food allergies now affect 11 percent of adults and eight percent of children in the United States. Oral food challenges, during which a patient is given food and monitored over several hours to provide immediate treatment when they begin to develop signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, are the current gold standard diagnostic test. Researchers are conducting a study that is measuring cardiovascular changes in children with food allergies who are undergoing oral food challenges to detect an early warning of anaphylaxis.
- Jumpstarting to Independence is an eight-week outpatient applied behavior analysis (ABA) program for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their parents at the University. Children insured by Medicaid in Illinois do not receive ABA therapy, which is a standard of care for children with ASD. Funding for this project will provide critical support for the clinical program, research protocol initiation, and educational opportunities for medical trainees.
- Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has become the most common chronic liver disease in children. To combat NAFLD, researchers aim to track its progression by assessing the prevalence of NAFLD in children in Chicago’s South Side as well as studying the progression of fibrosis noninvasively using Fibroscan, an ultrasound tool, and comparing those results to calculated results obtained via other fibrosis scoring systems.
COMER DEVELOPMENT BOARD
The Comer Development Board is a volunteer board dedicated to raising awareness for Comer Children's, and generating support for the hospital's groundbreaking research and distinctive patient care. Since its founding in 2006, the board has raised more than $5 million for Comer Children's thanks to fundraising events like Bright Night Benefit and the RBC Race for the Kids.
To learn more, visit uchicagomedicine.org/comer/give/comer-development-board.
Mary Ahn Chang
Jill Engel Kling
Mary Ann Doherty
Lisa Rolfe Burik, sustaining member
Gail Rodman, sustaining member
Lisa Cohen Schenkman, sustaining member
Angela Zotos, sustaining member