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Collaborative Connections

Sheikh Zayed Institute has a wealth of collaborative initiatives and programs designed to improve care for children. Its Second Annual Symposium on Pediatric Surgical Innovation brought together leaders, and advocates of pediatric surgical and device innovation to form consensus and achievable tasks to accomplish its mission. Its targeted areas of care, from fetal and translational medicine, to heart, and blood transplantation, and its links with academic institutions universities enable it to achieve its goals.

Gilbert Family Neurofibromatosis Institute

The Sheikh Zayed Institute’s investigators collaborate with the Gilbert Family Neurofibromatosis Institute, one of the largest neurofibromatosis programs in the world that leads in the  diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of children and adults with all the conditions that relate to this disorder. 

Small Businesses

In collaboration with its small businesses partners, the Sheikh Zayed Institute was the recipient of the following three additional SBIR/STTR Phase I funding from the NIH National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities; the NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the NIH National Cancer Institute. The awardees included investigators  Zenaide Quezado, MD, Marius Linguraru, DPhil, and Raj Shekhar, PhD. 

University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering

The seed funding program to boost collaboration between researchers at the University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, established in 2013, led to over 10 joint intellectual property fillings, and an impressive number of joint publications and grant submissions. 

DC I-Corps

For the second year in a row, Sheikh Zayed Institute entrepreneurs got accepted into the I-Corps program and benefited from a curriculum taught by successful technology entrepreneurs. Each participating team talked to a minimum of one hundred customers, partners, competitors, and other market stakeholders.

Fetal & Translational Medicine

Adré J. du Plessis, MBChB, MD, Chief of Fetal and Transitional Medicine at Children’s National, joined the Sheikh Zayed Institute to develop non-invasive continuous neuromonitoring techniques and validate novel biomarkers of imminent brain injury.


Brian Reilly, MD, of Otolaryngology, a new member of the Sheikh Zayed Institute, is working with the Institute's  engineers to develop an ear tube made of a biocompatible material that can retain its form and function in physiological conditions and quickly dissolve on contact with uniquely formulated ear drops. This new approach will reduce follow up surgeries for removing ear tubes.