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Charles H. Hood Foundation | Congratulations to Our January 2024 Child Health Awardees
By identifying innovative pediatric advancements and providing funding in the critical phases of development, we are able to expedite high-impact breakthroughs that improve the health and lives of millions.
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Congratulations to Our January 2024 Child Health Awardees

Please join us in congratulating our most recent round of Child Health Research Award recipients! We offer sincere thanks to all of the highly qualified investigators who submitted proposals, as well as our amazing Scientific Reviewers. Commendations to each of the following on having been selected for funding from a highly competitive group of peers (click names for more information):


  • Ryoji Amamoto, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
    • Advancing the Retinoic Acid Signaling Activator as a Novel Therapeutic in Mouse Models of Retinal Degeneration


  • Yan Bai, M.D., Instructor in Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital
    • Deciphering the Mechanism Underlying Short- and Long-term Airway Hyperresponsiveness Following Early-life RSV Infection


  • Brielle Ferguson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Genetics and Neurology, Boston Children’s Hospital
    • Characterizing the Role of Two Subcortical Nuclei in Prefrontal Regulation of Attention


  • Sailaja Ghanta, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
    • The Role of Mesenchymal Stem Cells to Enhance Immune Function in a Model of Neonatal Infection


  • Duncan Morhardt, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
    • Evaluating Mechanisms of Environmental Chemical Exposure with Developing Zebrafish Urinary System


  • Amy O’Connell, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital
    • Postnatal Exposure to Hyperoxia Causes Maladaptation of the Premature Intestine


  • Margaret Stefater-Richards, M.D., Ph.D., Instructor in Pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital
    • Role of Xenobiotic Pathways to Modulate Intestinal Epithelial Metabolism, As Possible Targets for Obesity and Diabetes


Learn more about these Awardees and the Hood Foundation’s research grant programs here.