Our Passion

Since 1992, the Children’s Research Fund Junior Board has been passionate about advancing discovery into new and more effective treatments for childhood diseases.

Upcoming Events

CRFJB Spring Event
May 13, 2022
Cine City Studios
2429 W 14th St, Chicago, IL 60608

Open Board Meeting
Date TBD
Lurie Children’s
225 East Chicago Ave, Chicago IL 60611

CRFJB Golf Outing
August 2022
Harborside International Golf Center
11001 South Doty Avenue East, Chicago, IL 60628

Cocktails for a Cause
November 4, 2022
Morgan MFG
401 N Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60642

Please welcome our new CRFJB Research Scholar, Dr. Jennifer Hoffmann!

$220,000 two-year-pledge to fund Dr. Jennifer Hoffmann
Dr. Jennifer Hoffmann

For the next 2 years, beginning in the Fall of 2022, the CRFJB will be funding Dr. Jennifer Hoffmann’s research to study medications provided to children with mental health conditions in the emergency department. Medications may help some children to better regulate challenging behaviors such as acute agitation, allowing children to participate more meaningfully in their care, such as mental health assessments and brief therapeutic interventions. About half of children who receive medications in the emergency department for acute agitation have autism spectrum disorder or developmental delays. With this award, Dr. Hoffmann will use electronic health record data to study the effectiveness and safety of these medications. She will work to define an optimal outcome of medication treatment, by integrating perspectives of both clinicians and parents. Additionally, she will determine how best to adapt research processes to take into consideration the unique needs of these children. By helping children better engage in their emergency department care, Dr. Hoffmann hopes to improve children’s mental health and overall well-being. Join us in welcoming Dr. Hoffmann to the CRFJB family!

Meet Melli

As a Lurie Children’s patient, I am forever indebted to the wonderful doctors and nurses who saved my life—not once but twice.

Imagine taking your child to an appointment with her pediatrician only to learn she needs to undergo surgery to remove a massive brain tumor. For most people, this would be their worst nightmare.

Become A Member

The Children’s Research Fund Junior Board consists of young professionals in the Chicago metropolitan area.

If you are interested in becoming a board member of the Children’s Research Fund Junior Board, please contact us at membership@crfjb.org for more information and to be added to the prospective members list.

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Since 1992, the Children’s Research Fund Junior Board has been passionate about advancing discovery into new and more effective treatments for childhood diseases. The board supports the work of the researchers and physician-scientists of the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Focused on a result-oriented “translational” model of research, scientists in the Manne Research Institute labs are working to develop better and safer therapies for the almost 200,000 children treated each year at Lurie Children’s. As the Junior Board to the Children’s Research Fund, a primary philanthropic benefactor of the Manne Research Institute, the Children’s Research Fund Junior Board supports investigations in genetics, incurable neuromuscular diseases, epilepsy, and other conditions.

Since its inception, the Children’s Research Fund Junior Board has helped raise over one million dollars for pediatric medical research initiatives conducted at Lurie Children’s and the Manne Research Institute. Approximately 80 cents of every dollar donated is utilized to fund the current Children’s Research Fund Junior Board’s research priority