The purpose of the partnership between Penta and Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù (“OPBG”) is to create a clinical-scientific network with the goal of promoting, coordinating and executing research applied in the field of paediatric clinical research. Both organisations collaborate on the design and conduct of clinical studies. Penta also works with OPBG in the coordination of international collaborative projects, including EPIICAL (Early treated Perinatally HIV Infected individuals: Improving Children’s Actual Life) and conect4children (c4c – COllaborative Network for European Clinical Trials For Children). Furthermore, this collaboration fosters interaction with European Institutions to address potential decisions regarding priorities in paediatric research. Penta and OPBG are both active members of INCiPiT – the Italian Network for Paediatric Clinical Trials.
Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù is the leading children’s hospital in Italy, being a key centre for the health of children and adolescents from both Italy and abroad. It was founded in the second half of the 19th century under the patronage of the Salviati family. Today OPBG it is the largest sub-specialty children’s hospital and research centre in Europe. It has over 3,300 employees, and collaborates with the main international organisations in the paediatric field. It is the Italian reference centre of Orphanet, the largest database of rare diseases in the world, with 39 participating States.
Every year, the hospital has 28,000 inpatient admissions, 29,000 surgical and interventional procedures, 43,000 outpatient admissions, 84,000 emergency admissions, and over 1,900,000 outpatient services: one of the most significant number of paediatric cases in Europe. The hospital covers all paediatric sub-specialties: transplantation, genetic and metabolic diseases, cardiology and cardiac surgery, neuroscience and rehabilitation are among its fields of excellence in research and care. OPBG is the only children’s hospital in Europe performing all organ and tissue transplantations: heart, bone marrow, cornea, kidney and liver (321 transplantations in 2017 alone, of which 10 implants were of artificial hearts).