Children’s Research Institute

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Re-imagining care

Our researchers are investigating a multitude of diseases, with more than 475 research projects underway that will lead to life-saving discoveries.

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With an internationally recognized team of pediatric healthcare and research professionals, Children’s National has one of the top federally funded pediatric research centers in the country. 

The Children’s Research Institute conducts and promotes medical research and education programs to improve the understanding, prevention, and treatment of childhood diseases. Children’s Research Institute is the academic arm of the Children’s National Health System, overseeing the educational programs at Children’s National and the Department of Pediatrics at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

The Institute includes all clinical, community, and translational studies that help to move our knowledge base through the stages of science to directly impact our patients and care delivery. This direct impact ranges from improvements in therapeutic interventions, minimally invasive surgery techniques, interventional radiology, vaccines, and drugs to novel techniques such as nano-medicine, stem cells, and gene therapy. We are leaders in seeking and developing innovations for new treatment for childhood illnesses and injury. 

Our research is highly collaborative and multidisciplinary, which means nearly all our laboratories and clinical divisions work together. Our physicians do pioneering research to help a child’s vision clouded by a type of brain tumor unresponsive to traditional treatment. They focus on identifying the earliest signs of impaired fetal brain development in high-risk pregnancies.  They evaluate a child’s pain through computerized innovation. They examine the tiniest cells to improve care for the tiniest of patients. 

Our physicians have a goal of making pediatric surgery more precise, less invasive, and pain free as much as possible for your children. To do that, we have a team approach to help patients, and with our clinical and research advances, we are doing it in a way previously unimaginable. We make lives better. We designed it specifically that way. 

Our research space, located atop the Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Children's Medicine building, is an environment that promotes cross-disciplinary integration, involving more than one academic discipline focusing on one activity. With the close proximity of research space and patient care units, our physicians and scientists are able to have extensive interactions. 

Additionally, we are active in major research consortiums that bring together leading children’s hospitals, career centers and elite universities, who share goals to improve children’s health and quality of life, and we have many active clinical trials.

Our research components are within the Children’s Research Institute and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. The Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National is a resource for investigators and community members. Its primary objective is to transform the local, regional, and national environment to increase the efficiency and speed of clinical and translational research across the country. 

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