Institute + Advocacy


On March 4, 2014, the Sheikh Zayed Institute’s faculty and staff visited Capitol Hill and held an all-day event highlighting the latest in pediatric surgical innovation at the Rayburn House Office Building of United States House of Representatives. Members of the Congress and visitors were invited to stop by the Institute’s stations.

Second Annual Symposium on Pediatric Surgical Innovation

With the second annual symposium, held on October 24, 2014, the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation brought together key leaders from the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, medical device industry, law  firms, pediatric societies and advocacy groups, along with scientists, engineers, clinicians, and policy makers. Margaret A. Hamburg, MD, commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, gave the keynote address. The event drew more than 230 attendees and was held at The Newseum in Washington, DC.  In a competition, two pediatric medical device innovators , among eight finalists,  each won a $50,000 Sheik Zayed Award in Pediatric Device Innovation.