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Charles H. Hood Foundation | ABOUT US
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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About Us


The Charles H. Hood Foundation is focused on turning a single vision into reality: improving the health and quality of life for all children. By identifying innovative pediatric advancements and providing funding in the key stages of development, the Foundation allows high-impact projects to both begin and succeed earlier. The Foundation has proven many times over that supporting brilliant minds early in their careers helps position promising researchers to leverage long-term funding from other private and government sources. We have a three-pronged approach consisting of Child Health Research Awards, Major Grants, and Program Related Investments. The Child Health Research Awards Program helps young investigators succeed in new, independent roles by giving them opportunities to demonstrate creativity in their field that lead to both career advancement and additional research funding. In the end, this kind of support at critical phases of both scientific research and career path development helps propel the pediatric research community ahead to uncover transformative breakthroughs that impact the health and well-being of children and families in New England and around the world.


Since 1942, the Hood Foundation has carried on the legacy of Charles H. Hood by funding groundbreaking and innovative pediatric research in the New England area. The Foundation makes meaningful change possible by filling the gaps in the medical research and innovation funding marketplace that springboard the next generation of cutting-edge scientific leaders and advancements in pediatric health. Our future is driving the research that improves the care and well-being for all children.

A Brief History of the Foundation

A New England pioneer of the 1800s dairy industry, Charles H. Hood did not set out to change lives. But, his drive to improve sanitary production and distribution of the milk he sold revolutionized the industry — and dramatically increased the survival rate for infants in the region. Those early innovations sparked a lifelong dedication to science, education and discovery that the Hood Foundation strives to continue today. In 1942, his son, Harvey P. Hood II, expanded the vision by formally incorporating the Charles H. Hood Foundation, which has since been entirely supported by private contributions from Hood family members.

Harvey P. Hood II dedicated the Foundation to improving the health and quality of life for children through grant support of pediatric research within New England–based institutions. He worked to create an effective way of selecting and supporting projects that could accelerate the development of high-impact scientific breakthroughs that may not have been possible otherwise.

Today, the Hood spirit lives on as the Foundation continues to select and support innovative pediatric medical research that results in transforming the health and quality of life for children and families in New England and beyond.

Charles H. Hood

Harvey P. Hood II

Timeline History of Charles H Hood Foundation, 1946 to 2017

Scientific Review Committee

The Hood Foundation’s Scientific Review Committee is tasked with reviewing grant applicants and approving the most promising projects for funding, with particular consideration toward excellence in scientific research methods and innovative, high impact projects that might not be funded otherwise.

While the selection of grant recipients using a peer review process is the norm among today’s philanthropic medical institutions, in 1942, the Hood Foundation was one of the first to establish peer review as the basis for its decisions — four years before the National Institutes of Health. H. P. Hood II created a membership rotation system, which continues today, designed to benefit from members’ expertise without overtaxing them.  This was purposefully designed to ensure that the Foundation would continue to draw upon the knowledge and passion of New England’s leading child health experts for years to come. Over the many decades of the Foundation’s existence, diversity in expertise has been added to the Scientific Review Committee to reflect the growth and breakthroughs of pediatric research in genetics, oncology, epidemiology, and other important disciplines.

2023 Committee Members

Belinda Borrelli, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Behavioral Science Research

Director, BU Mobile & Electronic Health-ARC

Professor, Department of Health Policy & Health Services Research, Boston University

Visiting Professor, University of Manchester, UK

Daniel Dickstein, M.D., FAAP

Chief, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Director, PediMIND Program, McLean Hospital

Hall-Mercer Endowed Chair in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Elazer R. Edelman, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, and Edward J. Poitras Professor in Medical Engineering and Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Senior Attending Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Nitya Jain, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Assistant Immunologist, Pediatrics, MGH

The Mucosal Immunology & Biology Research Centre

The Center for Computational & Integrative Biology

Julie E. Goodwin, M.D.

Division Chief, Section of Pediatric Nephrology

Fellowship Program Director

Yale University School of Medicine

Judy Liu, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Neurology
Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology,
Cell Biology and Biochemistry
Brown University

Juliette C. Madan, M.D., M.S.

Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Epidemiology

Division of Neonatology, Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Kristin Moffitt, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Associate Physician in Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases, Boston Children’s Hospital

Christopher M. Sassetti, Ph.D.

Professor, Microbiology & Physiological Systems

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Paola Sebastiani, Ph.D.

Project Director, Center for Quantitative Methods and Data Sciences at the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies

Director of Tufts CTSI Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD) Center, Tufts Medical Center

Adjunct Professor, Biostatistics, BU School of Public Health

Veronika Shabanova, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Biostatistician

Department of Pediatrics,

Yale University School of Medicine

Department of Biostatistics,

Yale School of Public Health

MaryAnn Volpe, M.D.

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health
Vice Chair, Tufts University Institutional Review Board
Neonatologist, Floating Hospital for Children