PANDA 2021 Event
April 17, 2021
“Children Helping Children” Fashion Show & Luncheon
For two decades, PANDA has collaborated with the Steele Children’s Research Center to fund a critical need. This year, PANDA’s goal is to support the Steele Children’s Research Center’s overall commitment to medical research to find solutions to childhood disorders and diseases.
Our inspiration came from Dr. Fayez Ghishan’s quote, “If I spend an hour with one child, I help one child. If I spend on hour in the lab, I help 1,000 children.”
Our project is focusing on three research areas for which the Steele Children’s Research Center is world-renowned:
• Autoimmune research: Uncovering what makes a child’s body suddenly turn against itself, including diseases such as Type 1 Diabetes, Crohn’s Disease, and ulcerative colitis.
• Childhood Postinfectious Autoimmune Encephalopathy (CPAE): Supporting the first center of excellence in the United States for this devastating condition associated with Streptococcal infection.
• Genome sequencing: Personalizing treatments for children with unexplained illness and non-response to traditional therapies.
The Steele Children’s Research Center is the only academic pediatric medical research center in Arizona. The dual role of researcher and physician at the Steele Children’s Research Center is also unique in pediatric medicine in Arizona.
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