Research at Children’s is conducted through Children’s Research Institute (CRI), the academic arm of Children’s National Medical Center. Our research includes all translational, clinical, and community studies. Children’s Research Institute also oversees the educational activities and academic affairs of Children's and the Department of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. We frequently partner with many other research institutions regionally and nationally.
Children’s Research Institute conducts and promotes translational and clinical medical research and education programs within Children’s that lead to improved understanding, prevention, treatment, and care of childhood diseases. The institute is divided into five specialty research centers:
Research at Children’s National is highly collaborative and multi-disciplinary. Nearly all laboratories and clinical divisions work together to answer questions about childhood diseases. Our research space is located atop the Children's National Medical Center - Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Children's Medicine building, which creates an environment where scientists and physicians can more easily collaborate on innovative projects that will improve patient care. For example, the presence of the research institution has allowed Children’s National clinicians to apply cutting edge microarray analysis in patient diagnoses and monitoring.
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Perhaps one of the most innovative and forward-thinking aspects of the research programs at Children's is cross-disciplinary integration. There are extensive interactions between nearly all laboratories and clinical areas, facilitated by the high concentration of physician/scientists, and the physical proximity of research space and patient care units. This has led to substantial strength in translational medicine, such as the application of the most modern microarray approaches to patient diagnosis and monitoring.