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Jeweler makes $1 million gift to establish pediatric fellowships

The grant will support the work of young pediatric physician-scientists researching how to prevent, treat and cure diseases in children

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Harry Winston and UCLA representative
Vince Bucci

Representatives from Harry Winston, Inc. and Dr. Sherin Devaskar, executive chair of the UCLA Department of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief of Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA.

Harry Winston, Inc., recently announced a $1 million pledge to the UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute to establish the Harry Winston Fellowships.

As the first corporate sponsor of Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA’s innovative pediatric fellowships, Harry Winston, Inc., an international fine jeweler and watchmaker, will support the work of young pediatric physician-scientists who are conducting research to prevent, treat and cure disease and illness in children.

Three outstanding fellows, Dr. Mark Hanudel, Dr. Kevin Quinn, and Dr. Caroline Kuo, whose appointments as the 2014 Harry Winston Fellows are underway, were recognized at Mattel Children’s Hospital’s second annual Kaleidoscope Ball on April 10 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Proceeds from the gala benefit the UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute.

“The Los Angeles community holds a very special meaning for Harry Winston," said company CEO Nayla Hayek. “It is where Mr. Winston spent his own childhood, and first began to realize his passion and future would be in precious jewels. Through the Harry Winston Fellowship Fund, we are so proud to support the vital work of these talented young physician-scientists. It is our hope that through their innovative research and groundbreaking ideas, all children will have the opportunity for a more brilliant and healthy future to realize their own dreams.”

Harry Winston Fellows and fund recipients will be chosen annually by an internal selection committee led by Dr. Sherin Devaskar, physician-in-chief of Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA and executive director of the UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute. The Harry Winston Fellows will represent physician-scientists in their second and third year of fellowship who have demonstrated a commitment to a career in academic medicine.

“The UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute promotes scholarship and lifelong learning at all levels of career development,” said Dr. Devaskar. “The Harry Winston Fellowship Fund will support the best and brightest subspecialty fellows toward becoming exceptional academic physician-scientists who will go on to collaborate and establish networks locally, nationally and globally."

The UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute will drive multidisciplinary collaboration among faculty and ensure a healthy future for children through transformative research. The institute will pioneer advancements in pediatric medicine in the following initial four core areas of research: brain, behavior and development; nutrition, metabolism and growth; cancer and regeneration; and infection, inflammation and immunity.

For additional information, visit www.uclahealth.org/mattel.

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