Pediatric research at IU School of Medicine encompasses every clinical subspecialty as well as basic science, health services, health policy, informatics and comparative effectiveness research, and the Department of Pediatrics has an international reputation as a leader in innovation and the development of new therapies and treatments for childhood diseases.
Consistently ranked in the top five to ten percent nationally for National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding, the Department of Pediatrics also receives peer-reviewed, external research funding from national organizations, including the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, U.S. Department of Defense and others, totaling more than $70 million annually. Research funding to the Department of Pediatrics has grown 40 percent in the past two years.
The department boasts five research centers and conducts basic science, translational, clinical, observational and health policy research. Pediatric research is primarily conducted in the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research, the Pediatric Translational Research Center at Riley Hospital for Children, and the Health Information and Translational Sciences Building. One unique factor contributing to the success of research programs in the Department of Pediatrics is the proximity and connection of research facilities to patient care facilities. Pediatric faculty work within their division specialties in basic science, clinical and translational research in addition to participating in collaborative interdisciplinary teams and multi-center programs.