Research: Investing in Someday

At Nationwide Children’s Hospital, The Research Institute leads the way with life-saving research, getting closer to new breakthroughs every single day.

But there’s more work ahead.

Your donations fund our ground-breaking research, with funds going directly to our labs. Research that saves more preemies and cancer patients. Research that finds alternatives to invasive surgeries. And research that funds new personalized treatments with fewer side effects.

Our research isn’t possible with your investment, investments that are giving our patients a someday. 


Dr. Timothy Cripe

"The field has proven that research cures cancer. So we can't rest until we cure everyone." - Dr. Timothy Cripe

Although there have been tremendous advances in pediatric cancer over the past 20 years, survival is not consistent across all childhood cancers and current therapies are toxic with long-term impact on health and development.

Still, pediatric cancer research receives just 4 percent of the federally-funded annual budget from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). While the cure rate for pediatric cancer may be comparatively high, the childhood cancer community still relies on support beyond this 4 percent to provide the necessary research and clinical trials for patients of the rarest cancer diagnoses.

We’ve come a long way with the 4 percent of funds allocated by the NCI; but we still have a long way to go to provide a cure for every child affected by pediatric cancer. Imagine what we could do with your help.

The NEXT Consortium

Cancers in the brain and spinal cord (the central nervous system, CNS) are now the most common cause of deaths due to disease in children and adolescents. After stints at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Stanford University and Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Jonathan Finlay could have taken his world-renowned work anywhere. He chose to come to Nationwide Children’s to work with the NEXT Consortium, a multi-center, multinational research collaborative that expedites prospective therapeutic trials for children with cancer and blood disorders in the shortest timeframe possible. Dr. Finlay’s work is on the cutting edge of solutions for pediatric cancer patient worldwide, giving kids everywhere a someday.
“its not just enough to talk about curing a child with a brain tumor, but to preserve quality of life’

Personalized Medicine: The Power of Genomics

Elaine Mardis Genomics Lab

At Nationwide Children’s, innovation drives us forward. Precision medicine is a pioneering approach to disease prevention and treatment that takes into account differences in people’s genes, environments and lifestyles. And with our world-class Institute for Genomic Medicine, truly personalized and precise strategies can be delivered to the right patient, in the right way, at the right time, to make the most difference in their lives.


You can help fund this ground-breaking research for our cancer patients. Please give today.

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Mental & Behavioral Health

Dr. David Axelson

“The fact that we are devoting so many resources and attention to behavioral health is really unique compared to other hospital systems” - Dr. David Axelson

One in five children is faced with a mental disorder before the age of 12. And with the soaring demand in mental health treatment for young people comes a steep rise in the complexity and severity of their illnesses. In some way, everyone is touched by mental illness.

In the five years between 2006 and 2011, hospital admittance in the United States of youth for suicide and self-harm more than doubled. This topic is not one we like to associate with children, and, as a result, behavioral health is a topic often avoided, shunned, and disregarded.

Building for the Future

Nationwide Children’s and donors like you are boldly stepping forward to say the way our nation treats these children is no longer acceptable.

In June 2016, Nationwide Children’s garnered national headlines with the announcement of our $158 million Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion. Made possible by your philanthropy, this facility is the first of its kind on a pediatric campus and brings together a space for inpatient care, outpatient therapy, crisis services, research and more.

We’re not just building for the future with a ground-breaking behavioral health facility. We’re training community doctors to better integrate mental and behavioral health into their practices.We're helping kids before they even develop mental and behavioral problems. And we're building better services and better access to services across a continuum of care. 



The past five years have seen tragic increases in youth health issues. In our eyes, the next five years are ripe for positive change. A change of a life not lost before it’s time. A life lived without affliction.  A life with a someday.


You can help us change the future of mental and behavioral health. Please give today.

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Dr. Deip Nandi

"We'll get a call in the middle of the night and they say a heart is available for your patient. It's one of the best calls you can make." Dr. Deip Nandi

Sometimes even the tiniest of hearts struggle to beat. Currently, more than 3,000 heart transplants are performed yearly. And in Ohio alone, it is projected that there will be 300 patients going into heart failure in the next year. The Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s provides a lifeline for children in need of a heart transplant. Our Mechanical Cardiopulmonary Assist Program provides both short- and long-term bridges for kids in need of a new heart.

And our goal is fewer transplants. We pioneered the Hybrid approach to treating Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, which combines our surgical and cath lab capabilities to give babies time to grow before open-heart surgery. Our researchers are looking at family histories to decode the role genetics play in heart disease. And our Tissue Engineering Program is creating blood vessels that grow with our patients, eliminating the need for replacements later in life.

Expert care for patients in need of transplants today. Working relentlessly to help fewer kids need transplants tomorrow. None of this is possible without you and your investment in their futures.


You can help us work to someday prevent kids from needing a heart transplant. Please give today.

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Approximately one in 10 babies are born too soon each year. Babies who are born too early, or premature, are more likely to be underweight and need intensive support early in life. The risk of medical complications and long-term developmental problems increases the earlier they are born.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital provides integrated perinatal care so babies can reach their full potential. Each year, more than 3,000 babies receive the highest level of care in Newborn Intensive and Special Care Units at Nationwide Children's Hospital. With 260 beds throughout our network, we are America’s largest neonatal center.

Improving Care & Outcomes through Research

The Center for Perinatal Research at Nationwide Children’s is part of the Neonatal Research Network, an elite group of research centers dedicated to studying neonatal medicine with one goal: to improve the care and outcome of neonates.

Dedication to Treatment & Prevention

We are dedicated to treating, and ultimately preventing, all prematurity complications.

Some of our nationally recognized programs include:

With the dedication and commitment of our teams and families, we provide babies with cutting-edge interventions, exceptional care: and, in turn, remarkable outcomes.


You can help us give babies born too soon a someday. Please give today.

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Down Syndrome


Due to medical advances, people with Down syndrome are living longer than ever before. This increased life expectancy has nearly doubled in the past 25 years. Still today, Down syndrome remains one of the least funded research areas at the National Institutes of Health. It ranks in the bottom 20 percent of funding categories — much lower than cystic fibrosis, cancer and other genetic disorders.

Connected Care

That’s why our team of developmental pediatricians, psychologists, geneticists and advanced practice nurses maintain a close working relationship with the child’s primary care physician throughout their care. We help to dispel misconceptions about Down syndrome, and our Down Syndrome Clinic’s family-centered care meets the unique needs of each child and family that it sees.

Collaborative Research

We’ve joined resources with Down Syndrome Achieves to create the first biobank in the country dedicated to collecting and managing blood samples from people with Down syndrome. Sharing the workload involved with clinical research also allows us to complete research that wouldn’t be feasible independently.  Families appreciate involvement in clinical research and know that we can connect them with top-notch clinical research opportunities.  And, being included in national research helps create a research presence for the Down Syndrome Clinic and Nationwide Children’s.  This presence will allow our patients to continue to be involved in future, groundbreaking research.


You can help us serve the unique needs of kids with Down syndrome. Please give today.

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