Our multidisciplinary teams of physicians, scientists, technicians, nurses and trainees are committed to making discoveries that will improve the lives of children and their families.

What We Do

Areas of Research

Department of Pediatrics faculty conduct their investigations through Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute. The institute is focused on improving child health, transforming pediatric medicine and ensuring healthier futures through the relentless pursuit of knowledge.

Basic Science

At the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute, our scientists conduct bench research in laboratories using a variety of model systems and techniques with more than 50 wet-based laboratories. This type of research seeks to answer fundamental questions about health and disease, including medical conditions, human development and genetics, so that the results will lead to better therapies, devices or cures for patients.



Clinical Research

Clinical research uses both observational and interventional designs, allows description of diseases and disease outcomes, identifies risk factors that may affect treatment or prognosis and allows study of new treatments. Our research may be conducted only at Lurie Children’s or at multiple institutions that collaborate, share results and publish findings together.


Health Sciences & Policy Research

The Mary Ann & J. Milburn Smith Child Health Outcomes, Research and Evaluation Center advances innovative research to improve the well-being, health, and healthcare of diverse populations of children. Our research and evaluation activities are centered around the core values of rigor, innovation, efficiency, sustainability, trust, equity, collaboration, and cultural humility.


Research Scholar's Day

Every spring, the Department of Pediatrics hosts an annual Research Scholar's Day, where postdoctoral fellows, fellows, graduate students, senior residents and research staff present their research to medical staff and colleagues in a professional conference environment.

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Physician-Scientist Training

Kyle MacQuarrie, MD, PhD, is a pediatric hematology oncology fellow at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. He's taking part in Northwestern’s Physician-Scientist Training Program and is interested in the relationship between how normal cells grow, how the body grows, and how that goes awry in pediatric cancer.

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View recent academic publications from our pediatric faculty.

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