- What We Do
Pioneering research to treat and cure childhood illness
We pioneer innovative research to advance pediatric medicine in ways previously unimaginable. The Children’s Research Institute (CRI), the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation are within the Sheikh Zayed campus. This intentional design allows close proximity of researchers, physicians, and medical staff to collaborate on innovative projects and efficiently translate findings that transform care and benefit patients.
Additionally, we are active in major research consortiums that bring together leading children’s hospitals, cancer centers, and elite universities, who share goals to improve children’s health and quality of life.
The institute supports a model of translational medicine that blends research and clinical efforts. Our research improves understanding of how we can prevent, treat and care for childhood’s most serious and prevalent disorders—for better patient health now and in the future.
Children’s clinical staff works together with our more than 300 scientists on institute research across four centers:
- Center for Cancer and Immunology Research
- Center for Translational Science
- Center for Genetic Medicine Research
- Center for Neuroscience Research
The creation of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation was made possible by a historic gift of $150 million from the Government of Abu Dhabi, the largest gift ever made to support pediatric surgery. Our goal is to make pediatric surgery more precise, less invasive, and pain free. We endeavor to achieve this by finding new treatments, devices, and other innovative approaches to improving children’s health and educating the next generation of specialists.
Industry partnerships and relationships with venerable research institutions and universities enhance our research and accelerate our progress. The institute also promotes an international exchange of ideas and best practices. Children’s National faculty members frequently travel to consult with colleagues in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, India, Africa, and many other countries to treat children and share knowledge and best practices.
Our team of investigators, made up of physicians, scientists, and engineers, works together across several areas of focus:
Children's National, in partnership with the George Washington University, received a prestigious Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health. Our award, amounting to $20 million over five years, was the first CTSA given directly to a freestanding children's hospital.
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.
Families from around the world seek the expertise of our specialists. International relations and technology have forever changed the scope of our vision and meaning of the work we do. With our increasing activities overseas, Children’s Global Services Program opened offices in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kuwait.
Children’s National and Washington Hospital Center established a medical office in Abu Dhabi in the UAE to serve as a liaison with medical professionals in the Gulf Region. The office coordinates conferences and continuing medical education courses and facilitates second opinion services via the Internet and telemedicine.