Every year Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin conducts hundreds of research studies to help prevent and cure childhood diseases. The research also helps to improve the quality of life for children and their families.
At Children’s Hospital our focus is on translational research. This means taking findings from the lab and applying them to new therapies to benefit patients in our hospitals and clinics. The research in the lab directly impacts how kids are being treated for childhood diseases from early diagnosis to new and improved therapies.
Current research includes:
- Examining genetic factors that lead to heart abnormalities.
- Understanding how the immune system responds to cancer cells like neuroblastoma to develop tumor vaccines.
- Investigating how to maintain a healthy immune system, which is important in the treatment of autoimmune diseases such as pediatric inflammatory bowel disease, juvenile diabetes and juvenile arthritis.
- Screening newborns for severe combined immunodeficiency, a life-threatening disease that is curable when detected early.
For more information about additional research, read the 2011 Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute Annual Report.
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute is the only entity of its kind in the region advancing pediatric medical research for children in Wisconsin and beyond.