Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation

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Pediatric Surgical Innovation Symposium

The symposium brought together leaders to improve the state of pediatric surgical and device innovation and the regulatory clearance and approval process leading to commercialization.

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Founded in 2010 through a $150 million gift from the government of Abu Dhabi, the mission of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation is to make pediatric surgery more precise, less invasive, and pain free.

In its very short existence, the Institute lists among many achievements creating a strong infrastructure for R&D and a network of product and medical device development experts, and seasoned veterans in venture capital, technology commercialization, and intellectual property. The institute is process-driven and outcome-focused. It is comprised of multi-disciplinary teams that apply rigorous process management from conception to marketed product through creative partnerships in academia and industry. 

The Institute was founded with four major clinical themes to transform pediatric surgical innovation and intervention. These are in:

  • pediatric pain and anesthesia
  • immunology
  • bioengineering
  • systems biology

The Institute currently has more than 20 investigators primarily affiliated with the institute and more than 70 technical and scientific staff, including postgraduate and graduate students and fellows. The Institute is further supported by, and has access to, more than 600 clinicians and clinician-scientists with Children’s National and the Children’s Research Institute, the research arm of Children’s National.

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Through focused leadership, the Institute is developing innovations that will allow children to live longer, healthier lives.

Areas of Focus

The Sheikh Zayed Institute focuses on four key areas as it breaks new ground in research to improve care for all children.

Our Work

Learn more about our various research and development programs that blends research and the latest multidisciplinary approaches to treating children.

Training Programs

The Sheikh Zayed Institute has created exceptional opportunities to study and practice biomedical and medtech innovation for learners of all levels.

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