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Children's National Research & Innovation Campus

Children's National Research and Innovation Campus

Opening in 2020, our Research & Innovation Campus will revolutionize pediatric medicine with advances focused on the unique needs of children, while expanding primary care services.

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Accelerating New Discoveries that Save and Improve the Lives of Children

When a child is seriously sick or injured, an entire lifetime hangs in the balance. Yet, nationally, funding for pediatric research continues to trail efforts targeted for adults. Children deserve innovation inspired by their needs.

That’s why Children’s National is creating a one-of-a-kind pediatric research and innovation hub. Located on a nearly 12-acre portion of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus, we will combine our strengths with those of public and private partners who share our vision. Here, breakthrough discoveries can more quickly be translated into new treatments and technologies benefitting kids.

This exciting effort opens in 2020, coinciding with the 150th Anniversary of Children’s National Health System. 


  • On November 28, 2018, Children's National Health System held a groundbreaking ceremony at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center. View the photo gallery.
  • On April 9, 2019, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, LLC, and Children's National Health System announced a collaboration to launch JLABS @ Washington DC, a 32,000-square foot facility to be located at the new Children's National Research & Innovation Campus. View the photo gallery and video from this event.
  • On April 27, 2019, Children's National attended the annual Ward 4 Spring Celebration on the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus. View the photo gallery.

Our Approach

With this expansion, Children’s National will pursue new high-impact opportunities in pediatric genomic and precision medicine, anchored by our Center for Genetic Medicine Research and our Rare Disease Institute. This exciting field of medicine holds promise for significantly better outcomes with fewer side effects.

A critical component of success is the co-location of Children’s National research with key partners and incubator space. Our location near the National Institutes of Health and other relevant federal agencies is an important asset. 

Together, we’ll create an ecosystem for nurturing innovation from discovery to commercialization. These advances will span new drugs, medical devices, precision diagnostics and health technologies. 

Expanding Clinical Care in Northwest Washington, D.C.

The site will also include an outpatient care center that will provide more convenient access to expert care for new and existing patients in Northwest Washington, D.C. It will feature comprehensive primary care services and the clinical services of our Rare Disease Institute, which treats children with genetic and metabolic diseases.

The center will be staffed by a team of diverse care professionals including pediatricians, geneticists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, nutritionists, nurses, care coordinators and technicians. Twenty-four exam rooms and 16 consult rooms will make up more than 29,000 square feet of space to meet the medical needs of children. There will also be an outdoor play area. Learn more about the Outpatient Care Center.

Key Benefits to Our Community

The benefits of our research and innovation campus stretch beyond our research and health care missions to deliver economic benefits as well. An independent economic analysis conducted by McKinsey & Company estimated that completion of current construction in 2020 will produce an economic impact of up to $150 million.* As we further develop our programs and implement new partnerships, the impact is expected to grow to up to $6.2 billion in cumulative economic activity by 2030.

Learn more about the following components of this exciting effort:

*As measured by incremental GDP.

How You Can Help

The support of visionary community and business leaders is critical to achieving our ambitious plan. Contact us for more information on the future of the Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus and how you can help make it a reality.

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