History

2015

This marks the 15th anniversary of the first Research Day at Children’s National, which was launched in 2000 to showcase the hospital’s breadth of research and education programs. In 2011, Research Day was expanded to a weeklong format known as Research and Education Week.

2014

Children’s National Health System installed Roger J. Packer, MD, and Yuan Zhu, PhD, as the inaugural Gilbert Family Professors in Neurofibromatosis, bringing the total number of Endowed Chairs to 19.

2013

Children’s National opens the Sheikh Zayed Institute’s Pain Medicine Care Complex, one of only a few programs in the country focused exclusively on managing pain for infants, children, and teens. The institute hosts the first International Symposium on Pediatric Surgical Innovation.

2012

The total annual research funding increases to $73 million, with NIH funding staying constant at $39 million.

2011

Children’s Research Institute is awarded accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) at the March meeting of its Council on Accreditation.  Total annual research funding increases to $64 million; $39 million from NIH alone. Children’s Research Institute ranks 6th in NIH funding among children’s hospitals and 10th among the combined 131 children’s hospitals and university departments of pediatrics.

2010

Children's National Medical Center in partnership with the George Washington University Medical Center, receives first NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award given to a children's hospital. The Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children's National receives a $20 million award to foster innovations in solving health problems of children and families.

2009

Children's National receives $150 million gift from the government of Abu Dhabi, the largest gift ever given for pediatric surgery, which launches the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation. The Institute researches treatments and technology designed to make surgery more precise, less invasive, and pain free. The opening of the Institute brings the total amount of CRI lab space to 123,000 sq. ft.

Children's, jointly with George Washington University, created the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children's National to foster greater collaborations and speed research into treatments for childhood diseases.

2008

Children’s National opens an additional floor of laboratory space (20,000 sq. ft.) at an institutional cost of $18 million bringing the total amount of CRI lab space to 100,000 sq. ft.

2006

CRI’s diverse grant portfolio boasts an impressive 300 percent increase in annual total grant portfolio from the NIH since 2000, as well as an increasingly strong portfolio of funding from agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Defense, private donors and foundational supporters.

1998

Mark L. Batshaw, MD, became the first Director of CRI and Stephan Ladisch, MD, became the first Scientific Director. Children’s had no NIH Career Development Awards, known as K Awards, which develops an infrastructure for junior faculty to begin research. Today, Children’s National’s junior faculty have 26 NIH K Awards, ensuring future leaders in translational research and medicine.

1995

Children’s National constructed a fifth floor of research laboratories adding 40,000 sq. ft. of space.

1990

CRI occupied 40,000 sq. ft. of laboratory space at Children’s.

1989

Children’s National’s leadership conceived and developed a strategic plan that resulted in the formation of a separate entity within Children’s National Medical Center, called Children's National Medical Center Research, which was later changed to Children’s Research Institute (CRI).

1966

Children’s National is awarded their first General Clinical Research Center grant by the National Institutes of Health; one of the first given to a free-standing pediatric hospital.

1964

Judson Randolph, MD, Children’s Chief Surgeon at the time, developed the first pediatric surgical residency program in the country. Today Children’s National’s surgery department trains more than 150 surgical residents.

1961

$500,000 was allocated in Children’s budget for research. Today, Children’s Research Institute (CRI) continues to grow and is the 9th most funded National Institutes of Health pediatric department and 6th among children’s hospitals.

1956

Robert Parrott, MD, named first Director of the Research Foundation.

1947

Children’s National began its research program with an initial budget that consisted of a contribution by the Medical Staff of $2,792, a gift of $1,000 from the Child Welfare Society, and a Public Health Service grant of $6,000 for polio studies.