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The Children's Research Institute

From Our Directors

The Children’s Research Institute (CRI) is the academic arm of the Children’s National Health System and is located at the Sheikh Zayed Main Campus. CRI consists of five integrated research centers as well as all undergraduate and graduate medical educational programs. The research centers (Cancer and Immunology, Genetics Medicine, Neuroscience, Translational Research and Pediatric Surgical Innovation span from basic science to translational research and clinical trials. A core value of CRI is the collaborative and interdisciplinary approach we bring to all we do and the close alignment of our research and clinical programs. 

Through our integrated multidisciplinary programs we are transforming treatments in the area of childhood cancer, rare genetic disorders, developmental disabilities, behavioral disorders and surgical conditions.

The past two years have seen significant growth at CRI with the recruitment of exceptional investigators, especially in the area of cancer and immunology research, fetal and neonatal medicine and kidney genetics.  We were able to expand our National Institutes of Health grant portfolio in spite of a scarcer research funding environment and are among the top 10 of the 135 children’s hospitals and department of pediatrics in NIH grant support. Several of our faculty received national awards recognizing their leadership and pioneering research with Dr. Ottolini (Vice Chair for Medical Education) being elected President-elect of the Academic Pediatric Association and Dr. Batshaw (Physician-in-Chief and Chief Academic Officer) President-elect of the American Pediatric Society.

Major advances have been made by all five research centers with high impact scientific journal articles and successful grant funding both from federal and non-federal resources.

We are passionate about the training and mentoring of the next generation of scientists, engineers and pediatricians dedicated to improving the well-being of children throughout their lives. Our educational programs continue to excel with our highly competitive residency program receiving over 2400 applicants for the 40 positions in our first year (intern) class. Over two-thirds of all US medical students who choose pediatrics apply to our program.

We invite you to learn more about the work of our faculty and staff and engage with our institute through this website, conferences, training programs and many other activities.

If you see opportunities for collaboration or would like to support our work, contact us.

Mark L. Batshaw, M.D.
Physician in Chief
Chief Academic Officer
Children’s National
Children’s Research Institute
Vittorio Gallo, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Neuroscience Research
Director, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
Chief Research Officer
Children’s National