Children’s National Research Institute
A Future of Strength Through Discovery and Care
Academic Annual Report for 2020 - 2021
Welcome to the 2020-2021 Children’s National Research Institute Annual Report
Children’s National Hospital and NIAID launch large study on long-term impacts of COVID-19 and MIS-C on kids
Mobile rare disease diagnostic platform will come to global market
Research primarily supported via external sources including the NIH
Faculty SpotlightMark L. Batshaw, M.D., a world-class leader and clinician-scientist, retires as Chief Academic Officer
This year, Mark L. Batshaw, M.D., retires as chief academic officer and director of the Children’s National Research Institute after more than 23 years. Several long-time colleagues and collaborators offered their reflections on his career.
Center SpotlightResearch in sub-Saharan Africa uses genomics and AI to diagnose non-communicable diseases and conditions
Innovative research projects in sub-Saharan Africa combine state-of-the-art technology, science and diplomacy to diagnose non-communicable diseases at a low cost, shedding light on the association between an irreversible motor neuron disease and diet staple.
Center SpotlightMuller Fabbri, M.D., Ph.D., expert in microRNAs in cancer biology, becomes associate director of the Center for Cancer and Immunology Research
Children’s National Hospital welcomes Muller Fabbri, M.D., Ph.D., as associate director for the Center for Cancer and Immunology Research. He will build and lead the Cancer Biology Program within the center while developing and conducting basic and translational research.
Center SpotlightWriting the next chapter for the DC Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (DC-IDDRC)
For 20 years, the DC-IDDRC has been a home for researchers from different specialties and different institutions to discover new therapies and treatments for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities.
Faculty SpotlightNeurobiologist Tarik F. Haydar, Ph.D., takes the helm of Center for Neuroscience Research
Tarik F. Haydar, Ph.D., whose research teases out how brain development differs in people with typical cognitive function compared with people who have developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome, became director of the Center for Neuroscience Research.
Center SpotlightNIH-funded large-scale study to understand long-term impacts of COVID-19 and MIS-C on kids
A study with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) will examine the long-term effects of COVID-19 and multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) after these patients have recovered from a COVID-19 infection.
Center SpotlightAgreement brings mobile rare disease diagnostic platform to global market, with an emphasis on positive social impact
Children’s National Hospital has entered into a licensing agreement with Breakthrough BioAssets for a patented pediatric medical device technology using objective digital facial analysis software for the early and non-invasive screening of dysmorphic genetic diseases.
Center SpotlightClinician scientist sheds new light on an ancient, still-deadly disease
Douglas Postels, M.D., is widely considered to be one of the world’s foremost experts in retinopathy-negative cerebral malaria. He earned this recognition by employing skills as both a clinician and a researcher to re-examine what is known about cerebral malaria and how it affects young patients.
Facts & Figures
Our total research funding at Children’s National Research Institute exceeded $79 million last year.
Facts & Figures
Children’s National Research Institute has secured more than 40 patents for innovative discoveries and designs.
Facts & Figures
Federal sources like the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Defense and the Health Resources and Services Administration fund three quarters of our research.
From the Directors
After a difficult year for the world, it is the strong history of groundbreaking research here at Children’s National coupled with the world-renowned expertise and diversity of our faculty and staff that give us hope for better days on the horizon.
Institutes, Centers, & Offices
- Center for Cancer and Immunology
- Center for Neuroscience Research
- Center for Translational Research
- Center for Genetic Medicine Research
- Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National (CTSI-CN)
- Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation
- Rare Disease Institute
- Medical Education