CHF Making Headlines

John Mulvihill, M.D., CHF Kimberly V. Talley Chair in Genetics wins American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) 2017 Mentorship Award

The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) has named John J. Mulvihill, MD, Children’s Hospital Foundation—Kimberly V. Talley Chair in Genetics and Professor of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC), and Senior Consultant to the Division of Genomic Medicine in the National Human Genome Research Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH); as the recipient of its 2017 Mentorship Award.

This award recognizes ASHG members who have significant records of accomplishment as mentors. It is open to individuals at all academic ranks who have shown a sustained pattern of exemplary mentorship at the graduate student, postdoctoral, residency, or fellowship level. The award presentation, which includes a plaque and $10,000 prize, will take place on Friday, October 20, during ASHG’s 67th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

“It’s an incredible honor for me to accept this recognition from my colleagues and outstanding mentees, whose careers and lives I’ve been privileged to touch,” said Dr. Mulvihill. “Mentorship in genetics, science, and medicine is a life-long duty and joy.”


Dr. Sanjay Bidichandani, CHF Claire Gordon Duncan Chair in Pediatric Genetics Named Master Teacher

Children's Hospital Foundation announced today that Dr. Sanjay Bidichandani was recently honored with the 2017 Stanton L. Young Master Teacher Award.

In 2012, Bidichandani was named the Children's Hospital Foundation Claire Gordon Duncan Chair in Pediatric Genetics. He leads a top research and clinical program in pediatric genetics. His team reaches hundreds of children who are battling genetic diseases, some of the rarest diseases known.

“Dr. Bidichandani exemplifies the perfect example of the endowed pediatric chairs we are recruiting to our state providing cutting-edge research opportunities to improve care and to lead future pediatricians in our communities.” said Kathy McCracken, Executive Director of Children’s Hospital Foundation. "This award gives us pause to once again thank the Gordon-Duncan family for their support of Dr. Bidichandani's work and dedication to Oklahoma's children."


Oklahoma No. 9 in Top Fundraising States for Miracle Network Dance Marathon
Soonerthon, CowboyThon, BronchoThon and DroverThon Contributes to $1.05 Million

5,300 student dancers representing four Oklahoma universities raised $1.05 million since January to support Children’s Hospital Foundation and the sick and injured children of Oklahoma. Passing the $1 million mark places Oklahoma ninth in the nation for top Miracle Network Dance Marathons featuring the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and University of Central Oklahoma and the University of Sciences and Arts.

“We see the Oklahoma Standard once again embodied in the tremendous effort and dedication that our Dance Marathon students exerted while raising awareness and funds for Oklahoma’s most vulnerable children,” said Governor Mary Fallin. “The amount they raised throughout this year shows the true evidence that students want to be a part of
something bigger than themselves. College students have a sense of community and understand the commitment of being philanthropic. I couldn’t be more proud of our students and our state.”

In 1997, Soonerthon held the first Dance Marathon event in Oklahoma, raising $19,000. Dance Marathon has come a long way since 1997, adding CowboyThon (2012-2013), BronchoThon (2016-2017) and DroverThon (2016-2017). Several additional colleges and universities are joining the effort next year.

To date, the four programs have raised more than $4 million combined to continue significant research programs for childhood diseases and ensure that Oklahoma’s children are treated by some of the country’s top pediatric specialists.