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Children's National Research and Innovation Campus

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

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 Medical Center. 

Pending official naming, this collection of programs and facilities is called the Children’s National Research and Innovation Campus at Walter Reed.

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. 

Key Benefits to Our Community

Also housed on the site will be an outpatient care center that will provide more convenient access for new and existing patients. 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 benefits of this effort stretch beyond our research and health care missions to deliver economic benefits as well.

An independent assessment estimated it will create up to 2,100 permanent jobs and provide up to $6.2 billion in economic impact for the region.

Learn more about the following components of this exciting effort:

How You Can Help

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

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