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Coronavirus Update: What patients and families need to know


Pediatric Drive-Up COVID-19 Specimen Collection Site

Children’s National Hospital has opened a drive-up/walk-up location where primary care doctors in the Washington, D.C., region can refer young patients for COVID-19 specimen collection and testing.

Children's National Hospital physician tests positive for COVID-19

The top priority of Children’s National Hospital is the safety of our patients, families and employees. To maintain transparency, we have confirmed that one of our physicians tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). Learn more our preparedness for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Catherine Bollard MBChB MD in the lab

Children’s National competes in STAT Madness

For the third consecutive year, Children’s National Hospital was selected to compete in STAT Madness, an annual bracket-style competition that chooses the year’s most impactful biomedical innovation by popular vote.

Tarik F. Haydar, Ph.D.

Children's National Hospital welcomes Director of the Center for Neuroscience Research

Tarik F. Haydar, Ph.D., an award-winning neurobiologist whose research teases out how brain development differs in people with typical cognitive function compared with people with developmental disabilities, like Down syndrome, has been named incoming Director of the Center for Neuroscience Research at Children’s National Hospital.

Mark Batshaw

Gene therapy/gene editing combo could offer hope for some genetic disorders

A hybrid approach that combines elements of gene therapy with gene editing converted an experimental model of a rare genetic disease into a milder form, significantly enhancing survival, shows a multi-institutional study led by the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Deadline Extended to Feb. 22 for Annual NCC-PDI Pediatric Medical Device Pitch Competition

The National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI) has extended the deadline for its annual “Make Your Medical Device Pitch for Kids!” competition to Feb. 22 at midnight EST. Innovators and startup companies with devices in the pediatric cardiovascular, orthopedic and spine, or NICU sectors are invited to apply for a share of up to $250,000 in FDA-funded awards and access to a newly created NCC-PDI pediatric device accelerator program led by MedTech Innovator.

Catherine Limperopoulos Ph.D.

Higher maternal socioeconomics offer little protection against toxic prenatal stress

When pregnant women experience elevated anxiety, stress or depression, these prenatal stressors can alter the structure of the developing fetal brain and disrupt its biochemistry - even if these women have uncomplicated pregnancies and high socioeconomic status, according to Children’s National Hospital research published online Jan. 29, 2020, in JAMA Network Open.