About Us

Research and innovation at Children’s National Hospital pursues breakthrough discoveries for kids.

Our faculty and staff are committed to re-imagine what care means for children, through the rapid advancement of knowledge, insights and approaches. The institution also stands determined to follow through on its commitment to train the next generation of a diverse faculty of researchers and innovators dedicated to improving child health outcomes and health equity.

Improving Children’s Lives

Research at Children’s National is conducted through the Children’s National Research Institute (CNRI), the academic arm of Children’s National Hospital. At CNRI, over 600 faculty and staff work to improve the health and quality of life for children and families through dynamic, advanced and integrated research, innovation and education efforts.

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Compassion, Commitment and Connection

CNRI is built on a culture of compassion, care and connection - and a strong commitment to excellence in science. Our researchers and innovators translate knowledge and discoveries gained from basic science into new applications and interventions in clinical and community settings focused on improving child health. CNRI oversees the educational activities and academic affairs of Children's National Hospital and the Department of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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The Research & Innovation Campus

Our location in the nation’s capital in the center of the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia Life Science and Biotech corridor, and proximity to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and U.S. Health and Human Services’ Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), creates opportunities to partner with academic institutions, government agencies, industry, venture capital, philanthropists and our community, with the common goal of improving the lives of all children in our community and across the globe.

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We are passionate about the training and mentoring of the next generation of scientists, engineers, nurses and physicians dedicated to improving the well-being of children throughout their lifespan.

Leadership & Administration

  • Endowed Professorships

    Endowed professorships play a key role in our work to transform children’s health. Each reflects a donor’s vision to improve care today and for generations to come. Endowments enable our professors to make timely investments in research and innovation. This leads to breakthroughs and more smiles on children’s faces. Learn more about our endowed professors.

  • 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.