The Abigail Wexner Research Institute

Heralding a New Era in Pediatric Discovery and Innovation

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Discovery and innovation drives everything we do here at Nationwide Children's Hospital

Research at Nationwide Children's

The Abigail Wexner Research Institute aggressively supports the discovery of new knowledge and its translation into novel therapeutics and diagnostic tests to advance pediatric research. Unprecedented investment and inspired leadership have paved the way for tremendous progress. The impact on children who previously had little hope has been truly remarkable.

Our investigators traverse the spectrum of pediatric research from discovery science to population health with the common goal of improving the health and quality of life for children and their families. We recruit and train some of the brightest and most innovative researchers and clinician-scientists in pediatrics. Our researchers’ dedication and commitment enable them to work together to accomplish more than could be imagined independently.

Here, discovery, translation and team science aren’t just ideals. They are our foundation as we seek answers on behalf of children everywhere. 

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The Story Behind Our Name

Abigail WexnerIn 2019, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s was renamed in honor of Abigail Wexner, whose ongoing and passionate advocacy ushered in a period of unprecedented transformation at the hospital. During her more than 25 years on the board of directors, Nationwide Children’s grew to become one of the leading pediatric health care systems in the United States, and the Abigail Wexner Research Institute one of the most preeminent centers of its kind.

Mrs. Wexner began serving on Nationwide Children’s board in 1993 and acted as board chair for seven years from 2005 to 2012. During her tenure as chair, Mrs. Wexner led the hospital through the largest expansion in its history, including completion of a 12-story hospital building and a third research building, with more than $1.2 billion in regional economic impact.

Mrs. Wexner was at the forefront of strengthening the central Ohio community’s response to family violence through the successful merging of the Center for Child and Family Advocacy with the Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence to create The Center for Family Safety and Healing on the campus of Nationwide Children’s. Since its inception in 2011, Mrs. Wexner has served as board chair.

The Wexner family has provided crucial philanthropic support for Nationwide Children’s. With their $20 million gift to The Center for Family Safety and Healing, in tandem with funds raised through the New Albany Classic, the family’s cumulative personal giving and philanthropic impact exceeds more than $80 million. This transformational funding has enabled Nationwide Children’s to expand clinical and research programs as one of America’s premier pediatric leaders.

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The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital has a wealth of resources available to our researchers to ensure they have the tools they need to continue our mission of enhancing the health of children by engaging in high quality, cutting-edge research according to the highest scientific and ethical standards.  We invite you to learn more about our resources below.

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The Abigail Wexner Research Institute is dedicated to enhancing the health of children by engaging in high-quality, cutting-edge research. This includes developing promising new technologies to advance the practice of pediatrics and general health care. Visit The Office of Technology Commercialization page to learn more about how this group facilitates the transfer of innovations to external partners for the benefit of our community and the general public.

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Research education and training are vital to the mission of Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital. As a top-ten free-standing pediatric research center and an academic affiliate of The Ohio State University, The Research Institute has an outstanding faculty, dedicated to training and mentoring the next generation of scientists in pediatric research.

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