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The Children's National Research Institute

About the Children’s National 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 the Children’s National Research Institute (CNRI), the academic arm of Children’s National Hospital. Our research includes all translational, clinical and community studies. Children’s National 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.

AAHRPP LogoChildren’s National 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. Children’s has also earned AAHRPP accreditation, which indicates that our organization follows rigorous standards for the ethics, quality and protection of human subjects.

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 Hospital, 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.