The Great Lakes Area Children's Emergency Research node (GLACiER) is part of the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN). PECARN is the first federally-funded multi-institutional network for research in pediatric emergency medicine in the United States. The goal of this network is to conduct meaningful and rigorous multi-institutional research into the prevention and management of acute illnesses and injuries in children and youth across the continuum of emergency medicine health care.Glacier Logo

Institutions: Nationwide Children’s Hospital, University of Michigan, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Co-Principal Investigators: Rachel Stanley, MD, MHSA & Julie Leonard, MD, MPH

Goals and Objectives

The overall goal of this project is to enhance emergency medical services-related research and its subsequent impact by developing and conducting research and disseminating research findings. To accomplish this goal we will complete the following objectives:

  1. Support a research infrastructure to conduct important pediatric emergency medicine research.
  2. Support a research process to develop projects, attain funding and conduct rigorous mult-site clinical studies in pediatric emergency medicine.
  3. Facilitate dissemination and translation of research results to pediatric emergency medicine practices.
  4. Foster collaboration between academic and treatment communities.

Hospital Emergency Department Affiliates (HEDAs)

  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital 
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)

Great Lakes Area Children's Emergency Research (GLACiER) Node of the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN)

Ambulance crews and emergency rooms in the Midwest are able to give kids better, more coordinated and more advanced emergency medical care, thanks to a coalition of Midwestern hospitals.

GLACiER is one of only six nodes nationwide funded for research, training and education in pediatric emergency medicine. The network includes Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Columbus, OH), Children's Hospital of Michigan (Detroit, MI) and University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI).

Network members are dedicated to improving health care for ill and injured children through research and collaboration:

  • Performing meaningful and rigorous research to determine optimal strategies to promote health in the preventive, prehospital and hospital phases of care; and
  • Collaborating with EMS agencies and community groups to address emergency care needs; and collaborating with other research nodes to build rigorous and widely applicable research.

The GLACiER project is led by Rachel Stanley, MD, MHSA, Division Chief of Emergency Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University and Julie Leonard, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics at Nationwide Children's Hospital and a Principal Investigator in the Abigail Wexner Research Institute. The network focuses on a broad range of children's emergency medical issues, including pre-hospital care, injuries, violence, acute infectious diseases, access to emergency care and medical training.

Since receiving funding over 15 years ago, the network has developed an infrastructure to conduct multi-site research in the Great Lakes Region. The network focuses on research and education for physicians and emergency responders in the specific needs of children.

The grant is given under the federal Emergency Medical Services for Children program, administered by the Health Services Research Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

The Great Lakes Area Children's Emergency Research node is one of seven research nodes funded nationwide. These 7 nodes include 18 hospital sites and 9 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agencies.

The other six research nodes are the Charlotte, Houston and Milwaukee Prehospital EMS Research Node Center (CHaMP) node, centered at the University at Buffalo; the Hospitals of the Midwest Emergency Research Node (HOMERUN) centered at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Northeast, West & South (PEM-NEWS), centered at Columbia University in New York City; the Pediatric Research in Injures and Medical Emergencies (PRIME), centered at the University of California, Davis Medical Center; the San Francisco-Oakland, Providence, Atlanta Research Collaborative (SPARC) node, centered at Hasbro Children's Hospital; West/SW Pediatric Emergency Medicine Research node (WPEMR), centered at Seattle Children's Hospital. There is also a funded Data Coordinating Center (DCC), housed at the University of Utah.

EMSC is a national initiative designed to reduce disability and death in children and young people from severe illness and injury. It focuses on prevention, and on ensuring that all ill or injured children receive state-of-the-art emergency medical care from emergency medical technicians and paramedics, emergency department personnel, and rehabilitation specialists.

Co-Principal Investigator

Rachel Stanley, MD, MHSA
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Emergency Medicine Department
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: 614-722-4385
Fax: 614-722-4380

Julie Leonard, MD, MPH
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Emergency Medicine Department
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: 614-355-5860
Fax: 614-355-5897
Email:  Investigators & Sites
Hospital Emergency Department Affiliate Investigators

Investigators & Sites

Hospital Emergency Department Affiliate Investigators

Alexander Rogers, MD
University of Michigan
Emergency Medicine Research
24 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive, Suite H-3200
P.O. Box 443
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
Phone: 734-763-4964
Fax: 734-936-2706

Daniel M. Cohen, MD

Nationwide Children's Hospital
Section of Emergency Medicine
700 Children's Drive, ED 213
Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: 614-722-4385

Robert Hickey, MD
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 
4401 Penn Ave. 
Pittsburgh, PA 15224 
Phone: 412-692-7692 

Nationwide Children's Hospital (The Ohio State University) - Columbus, OH

Rachel Stanley, MD, MHSA - Principal Investigator
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University
Division Chief, Emergency Medicine

Daniel M. Cohen, MD - Co-Investigator
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University
Research Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Nationwide Children's Hospital is ranked as one of the nation’s ten largest freestanding children’s hospitals and pediatric research centers in the country. Strategically, the hospital is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to sick children regardless of ability to pay. It aims to: enhance all facets of patients' experience through family-centered care, discover new treatments through innovative research and increase performance and capacity to meet patient/community needs.

University of Michigan Health System - Ann Arbor, MI

Alexander Rogers, MD - Co-Investigator
Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine

The University of Michigan Health System is at the forefront of patient care, medical education, and scientific and clinical research. As part of the University of Michigan Health System, C. S. Mott Children's Hospital integrates clinical care, education, advocacy, and research to advance the health status of children, their families and communities statewide. Mott maintains a leadership role in providing a full range of state-of-the-art, family-centered children's care and specialty services.

UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh, PA

Robert Hickey, MD - Co-Investigator 
Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, University of Pittsburgh 
Director of Research, Pediatric Emergency Medicine

The UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine is a very robust infrastructure that treats nearly 70,000 children in the Emergency Department every year. Their mission of the staff of the Emergency Department is to deliver the highest quality care to children with acute illnesses and injuries, as well as provide excellence in service to our patients and referring physicians.

This project is supported in part by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Network Development Demonstration Program under the following cooperative agreement numbers: U03MC00008, U03MC28844, U03MC22684, U03MC00007, U03MC00001, U03MC33154, U03MC33156, U03MC33155. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.