Center for Genetic Medicine Research
The Center for Genetic Medicine Research researches, diagnoses, and treats genetic disorders--diseases and conditions in children that are caused by inherited genes that don’t function normally. Founded in 1999, the Center emphasizes translational research (bench-to-bedside) and harnesses emerging technologies for genetic and proteomic analysis. Approximately 80 scientists (including 25 faculty) stress open, collaborative, multidisciplinary research.
Center Director Eric Hoffman, PhD, and Associate Director Kanneboyina Nagaraju, DVM, PhD, lead the Center for Genetic Medicine Research.
Center Director Eric P. Hoffman leads a collaborative research team that works with clinical and research programs throughout Children’s to investigate some of the most challenging pediatric disorders.
Researchers at the Center for Genetic Medicine Research conduct basic and clinical research into some of childhood’s most well-known genetic disorders, including:
Several programs of this Center provide services and support to every faculty member conducting research at Children’s National Medical Center.
Translational research programs
Almost all of the Center’s programs combine basic, clinical, and/or community research, including studies of:
In an effort to better understand diseases and improve care for children, investigators at the Center for Genetic Medicine Research are actively recruiting volunteers for research studies on specific disorders, including:
To find a research study, go to www.ClinicalTrials.gov, then send an e-mail to begin the process of determining if your child qualifies for a research study. A member of Children's Research Institute will respond to your query within two business days.
- Neuromuscular disorders (Muscular dystrophies, white matter disease, others)
- Inborn errors of metabolism (urea cycle disorders, others)
- Lung disorders (asthma, others)