About the Children’s Research Institute


Re-imagining care

Over 500 faculty and staff work to improve the health and quality of life for children and families through dynamic research and education efforts.

Research at Children’s National is conducted through Children’s Research Institute (CRI), the academic arm of Children’s National Health System. Our research includes all translational, clinical, and community studies. Children’s Research Institute also oversees the educational activities and academic affairs of Children's and the Department of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. We frequently partner with many other research institutions regionally and nationally.

Children’s Research Institute conducts and promotes translational and clinical medical research and education programs within Children’s National that lead to improved understanding, prevention, treatment, and care of childhood diseases.

The institute is divided into specialty research centers:

Research at Children’s National is highly collaborative and multi-disciplinary. Nearly all laboratories and clinical divisions work together to answer questions about childhood diseases. The research institute is located on five floors within the main hospital building on the Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Children's Medicine of the Children's National Health System, which creates an environment where scientists and physicians can more easily collaborate on innovative projects that will improve patient care.

Perhaps one of the most innovative and forward-thinking aspects of the research programs at Children's is cross-disciplinary integration. There are extensive interactions between nearly all laboratories and clinical areas, facilitated by the high concentration of physician/scientists, and the physical proximity of research space and patient care units. This has led to substantial strength in translational medicine, such as the application of the most modern microarray approaches to patient diagnosis and monitoring.

In This Section:

Mission and Vision

Learn about our mission to conduct novel basic, translational, clinical, and community research and education programs that improve the well-being of children throughout their lives.

From Our Directors

A message from Mark L. Batshaw, M.D., and Vittorio Gallo, Ph.D, the directors of Children's Research Institute.


Learn how our research program grew from a small budget in 1947 to the ninth most funded National Institutes of Health pediatric department today.

Annual Report

Read our latest annual report to find out how we are leading the quest to prevent or cure many of childhood’s most serious and prevalent diseases.

Contact Us

We are committed to providing fellow researchers, visitors, and staff with expert service. Contact our leadership, administration and center contacts.

News and Announcements

The work of our scientists and physicians is consistently featured in local, national, and international news.

Research and Education Week

Each year, Research and Education Week is a time to showcase the breadth of translational, clinical, and community research being performed at Children's Research Institute, in addition to educational projects performed by trainees from our various programs. The event is a way for faculty, trainees and staff to publicize their research activities to our local community through scientific poster presentations.


Philanthropy makes it possible for Children’s Research Institute to continually make new discoveries and provides the funding for our groundbreaking research.

Partners and Collaborators

Through key partnerships and collaborations, we continually strive to improve patient care.