Cincinnati Children's and Pampers Name Bang Bao Research Scholars

New "Healthy Child" Bang Bao Research Scholar Program to Fund Chinese Scholars for Research in Pediatric Health and Development

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

CINCINNATI – Five scholars from major hospitals in China have been selected to come to Cincinnati to work with senior faculty at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. These scholars were selected for the Bang Bao Research Scholar Program, sponsored by Pampers, the world's leading baby diaper brand, and Cincinnati Children's.

Pampers and Cincinnati Children's announced the Partnership to Advance the Healthy Development of Children in February in Beijing to further advance research in child health and development. As part of this 3-year project in China, a group of Chinese pediatric scholars will come to Cincinnati Children's to train in major areas of research.

The scholars are:

Name of Candidate
(Specialty)
Institution & CityResearch TopicCincinnati Children's Mentors
Dr. Jihong Dai
(pediatric pulmonology)
Chongqing Children's Hospital, ChongqingImmunobiology of pediatric asthmaDr. Marsha Wills-Karp (Immunobiology)
Dr. Jie Shen (pediatric cardiology)Children's Hospital of Jiaotong University, ShanghaiGenetic risk of congenital pulmonary hypertensionDr. Woody Benson (Cardiology)
Dr. Xiujing Sun (neonatology)Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Dept. of Pediatrics, BeijingHuman milk oligosaccharide protection against neonatal infectionsDr. Ardythe Morrow (Epidemiology), Dr. Xi Jiang (Infectious Disease), Dr. Kurt Schibler (Neonatology)
Dr. Dan (Danielle) Yu (neonatology)Women's & Children's Hospital, ChengduFetal hypoxia and brain ischemiaDr. Alex Kuan (Developmental Biology), Dr. Barb Warner (Neonatology)
Dr. Xiaowen Zhai (pediatric hematology/oncology and experimental hematology)Children's Hospital of Fudan University, ShanghaiExperimental therapeutics in childhood cancerFaculty of Hematology / Oncology and Experimental Hematology, Dr. Liming Bao (Genetics)

The Cincinnati Children's Bang Bao Research Scholar Program involves children's and maternity hospitals and related research institutions and universities in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing and Kunming. The scholarships are awarded to promising early- to mid-career pediatric scholars in China, and include one year's research and training at Cincinnati Children's plus $25,000 for continued research at their home institutions in China.

"We are looking forward to working with these outstanding scholars to improve the health of children here, in China and around the world," says Dr. Thomas Boat, chairman of the department of pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and director, Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation.

Deb Henretta, president of Global Baby/Toddler & Adult Care at Procter & Gamble, launched the program in February in Beijing with Dr. Boat. "We were thrilled to launch this program with the experts at Cincinnati Children's and pediatric experts from China," she says. "Supporting the healthy development of babies, toddlers and parents who care for them is at the heart of all we do at Pampers."

There are 18 to 20 million babies born each year in China. The scholars' areas of study at Cincinnati Children's are based on current needs of pediatric medicine in China.

About Cincinnati Children's

Cincinnati Children's is a 423-bed institution devoted to bringing the world the joy of healthier kids. Cincinnati Children's is dedicated to transforming the way health care is delivered by providing care that is timely, efficient, effective, family-centered, equitable and safe. It ranks third nationally among all pediatric centers in research grants from the National Institutes of Health. The Cincinnati Children's vision is to be the leader in improving child health.

About Pampers

Pampers" is a trademark of Procter & Gamble and the company's largest and first $5 billion global brand. For more than 40 years, Pampers has been helping to improve life for parents, babies, and toddlers, and today is the world's top selling diaper brand. Our business is inspired by babies and toddlers, created by Pampers. For more information on Pampers products, visit www.pampers.com.

About P&G (NYSE:PG)

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Contact Information

Jim Feuer, jim.feuer@cchmc.org, 513-636-4656