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Pediatric Research

Welcome to Pediatric Research


The Department of Pediatrics faculty conduct cutting-edge research across the entire
breadth of pediatrics. The goal of this research is to improve the health of children in our
region and to make major impacts across the state, the nation, and the world.  

State-of-the-art medical campus

The move of Children's Hospital Colorado and the subsequent relocation of the clinical and research faculty to the Anschutz Medical Campus have transformed the academic environment of the Department of Pediatrics.

  • Courtyard between Research Complex Buildings I and II on Anschutz Medical CampusAnschutz Medical Campus features new, state-of-the-art research laboratories and educational facilities that encourage new collaborations and interdisciplinary research teams. This rebuilding, relocation, and juxtaposition of resources is unparalleled in medical centers in the U.S. 
  • New facilities create opportunities for the Department of Pediatrics to expand on its reputation as one of the top academic pediatric departments in the nation.
  • The Department of Pediatrics ranked second among all medical school-based Departments of Pediatrics in NIH awards, securing more than $43.2 million in peer-reviewed awards from the NIH during 2013.

Research Infrastructure in the Department of Pediatrics

Children's Hospital Colorado Research Institute - As the umbrella organization for all research at Children’s Colorado, Children's Hospital Colorado Research Institute provides resources, oversight, funding, and expertise to new research programs at Children’s Colorado and is funded in large part by the generosity of community philanthropy.

Support is directed toward funding promising pediatric scientists and pioneering new ideas. The Research Institute sponsors new research initiatives in all disciplines found at Children’s Colorado (including nursing and pathology) and also houses:

  • Children’s Clinical Research Organization (CCRO): Supports Children's Colorado faculty and staff who are involved in clinical trials evaluating state-of-the-art drugs and devices for treating and preventing childhood diseases.
  • Children’s Outcomes Research Program (COR): In association with the Colorado Health Outcomes Program (COHO), COR fosters major community translational research efforts in pediatrics. COR is known nationally for health services research in the provision of preventive pediatric care and also provides methodological and analytical support for many pediatric faculty engaged in other areas of community translational research. Currently, COR is collaborating
    with COHO on community initiatives that extend over the lifespan, including projects targeting prevention of obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes, and practice reorganization to improve quality of preventive health care delivery.
  • Experimental Therapeutics Program (ETP): The goal of the ETP within the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders is to promote the development, scientific support, and clinical translation of promising therapies for the treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer and related disorders. The ETP at Children’s is the only comprehensive basic and translational research-based program that can provide direct access to and application of these resources to the clinical care of pediatric, adolescent, and young adult cancer patients in an eleven-state
    region. Because of strong academic affiliations locally and nationally, the ETP at Children’s can provide access to new treatments and treatment modalities only available at a few highly select academic institutions across the country.
  • Biostatistical Support: Biostatistical collaboration is available to researchers to help them mine and analyze data; this is especially helpful to researchers with pilot studies.
  • Bioinformatics Support: Database support is provided to help researchers manage complex datasets and biological information.

Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute

Ron Sokol, Professor of Pediatrics & Prinicipal Investigator and Director of the CCTSIThe Colorado Clinical Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) has been established with a $76 million Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the NIH. The institute brings together health organizations across Colorado by providing an academic home to clinical and translational research, including the more than 160 current clinical research studies of childhood diseases.

The CCTSI encourages and facilitates research and provides support through six major programs: Discovery Translation; Community Translation; Education, Training, and Career Development; Translational Informatics; Novel Methods and Technologies; and Child and Maternal Health Research.

As part of the CTSA grant, the former Adult General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) at University of Colorado Hospital and the Children's Hospital Colorado CTRC – which were already being supported by the NIH – are now part of the Institute and have been transformed into a new network of Clinical Translational Research Centers (CTRCs).