Center for Clinical and Translational Research

The Center for Clinical and Translational Research exists to answer questions that will improve the early diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of society’s most important pediatric diseases by combining high-quality, fact-based lab discoveries and innovative patient-based research.

Our vision is for every pediatric patient to also become a research subject. We believe it is our responsibility to the children we are privileged to care for to learn from every child so that our care for the next child with be improved.

We will promote an environment where patient, family, researcher and clinician work together to ensure that our patients are provided the latest advances in medical knowledge, interventions and therapies to improve their health now and in the future.

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The Research Institute is ranked among the top 10 for NIH funding among free-standing children's hospitals.

Our Goals

We are dedicated to the following goals:

  • To aggressively pursue external funding so that we may perform clinical and translational research that is evidence based and has a positive impact for the health of our children and their families

  • To collaborate with colleagues locally, nationally and internationally to share knowledge and generate new ideas

  • To provide leadership and support to all investigators in the development and implementation of their clinical and/or translational research projects

  • To finalize development of an existing prototypical protocol, IRB application and master study agreement for a prospective, multicenter clinical trial based at NCH, including biological sample procurement, shipping, processing and storage in a biorepository

  • To develop the infrastructure to facilitate creation of additional multicenter clinical trials and consortia based at NCH, including biological sample procurement, shipping, processing and storage in a biorepository

  • To develop a robust and durable infrastructure to ensure application of results of multicenter clinical trials (including specific mechanisms to measure and verify these improvements) to the improvement of clinical practice by pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists