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March 6, 2009

Peregrine Charities gives $100,000 for UI pediatric research

Peregrine Charities has made a $100,000 grant through the University of Iowa Foundation to advance pediatric research at the UI.

The grant will augment the Peregrine Charities Discovery Fund for Children's Medicine at the UI, which was created by a $100,000 Peregrine Charities grant in 2007. The fund supports research into rare pediatric diseases by scientists and clinicians at the Department of Pediatrics in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

"We are honored to continue our partnership with Peregrine Charities as we work toward our mutual goal of improving the health and well being of children everywhere," said Michael Artman, M.D., professor and head, UI Department of Pediatrics, and physician-in-chief, UI Children's Hospital. "The visionary philanthropic support from Peregrine Charities enables us to expand our research programs aimed at treating, curing and even preventing life-threatening childhood diseases."

The Peregrine Charities Discovery Fund provides much-needed seed funding for pediatric medical research and allows UI Children's Hospital leadership to react to promising new ideas and projects that are within reach of finding a disease's cure, Artman explained.

"My family and I are touched by what the children and their families are facing, and we are appreciative of the dedicated researchers, clinicians, physicians and nurses working in pediatric medicine," said Russell R. Wasendorf Sr., founder of Peregrine Charities.

Peregrine Charities, with offices in Cedar Falls and Chicago, is a private 501(c)(3) foundation established in 2004. Its mission is to support medical research for rare pediatric diseases, provide assistance with children's hospitalization and medical treatments, and form partnerships with local and regional health care facilities to help children in need. More information about Peregrine Charities is available at

Peregrine Charities will host its annual benefit triathlon in Waterloo on Sept. 27. Registration begins in March; information is on the Peregrine Web site.

UI Children's Hospital serves children and their families at its main campus in Iowa City and satellite clinics in communities throughout Iowa. A 180-bed "hospital within a hospital," UI Children's Hospital was recently ranked by Parents' magazine among the top 20 children's hospitals in the nation.

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information about the UI Foundation visit

STORY SOURCE: UI Foundation, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa 52244-4550

MEDIA CONTACTS: Susan Shullaw, UI Foundation,, 319-335-3305; Patricia Campbell, Peregrine Charities 312-775-3411,