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Research & Innovation Campus

Children’s National Hospital has created a one-of-a-kind research and innovation hub that drives discoveries that save and improve the lives of children.

On a nearly 12-acre portion of the former, historic Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Northwest Washington, D.C., Children’s National has combined its strengths with those of public and private partners, including industry, universities, federal agencies, start-up companies and academic medical centers. Together, we have created an ecosystem that nurtures innovation from discovery to commercialization.

Our Approach

With over 160,000 sq. ft. of newly renovated research and innovation space, we are pursuing new high-impact opportunities in pediatric genomic and precision medicine, anchored by our Center for Genetic Medicine Research and our Rare Disease Institute. The campus has significant space for expansion, giving us the runway to rapidly pursue the most promising research directions.

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Incubator Space

A critical component of success is the co-location of Children’s National research with key partners and incubator space. This creates the broader ecosystem on-site for innovations such as new drugs, medical devices, precision diagnostics and health technologies. Our location near the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other relevant federal agencies is an important asset.

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Expanding Clinical Care in Northwest Washington, D.C.

When it’s completed, the Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus will include outpatient primary and specialty care services that will provide more convenient access to expert care for new and existing patients in Northwest Washington, D.C. Our Rare Disease Institute, which treats children with genetic and metabolic diseases, is open, and our primary care services are also available.

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Research & Innovation Campus to Serve as Hub for Pediatric Pandemic Network

A group of children’s hospitals from across the country will coordinate on the response to future pandemics and other disasters through a new $29 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. The hospitals will focus on preventing health disparities that emerged during COVID-19.

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The Future of Pediatric Health

This new campus drives innovation, offers new hope and reinvents pediatric research to help children grow up stronger.

Sustainability Award

Children's National was awarded the District Sustainability Award, an achievement that highlights organizations that are working towards a more sustainable community.

District Sustainability Award Winner 2021 Children's National Research and Innovation Campus
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Support Our Research

Philanthropy changes lives. This ambitious endeavor to improve children’s health requires the commitment of many partnerships. This includes city and corporate leaders and those willing to invest in the future we envision together.