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Boston Children's Hospital is the largest recipient of research funding among children's hospitals in the country, and conducts innovative and interdisciplinary basic and clinical research leading to the prevention, better management and cure of childhood illnesses and diseases.

Did you know?

  • Boston Children's received $225 million in federal and private funds in FY08.
  • We ranked 5th in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding among independent hospitals receiving funds.
  • Our 740 scientists are among the most recognized in the world, including nine members of the National Academy of Sciences, seven members of the Institute of Medicine and 13 members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
  • Together, our scientists generate more published papers in the top peer-reviewed journals than researchers at any other children's hospital.

Kids and families who come to Children's receive the most advanced care in the world:

  • Our scientists are finding the genetic causes of autism, and most recently have developed 10 new disease-based stem cell lines that can be used to study treatments for diseases ranging from Parkinson to diabetes.
  • They are creating new and successful treatments for short bowel syndrome that are being adopted across the world.
  • Children's physician-researchers are pushing boundaries on successful treatment for childhood cancers by leading multicenter clinical trials for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
  • They are also lowering mortality rates for severe heart defects by introducing new non-invasive and surgical treatments.

Adults also are benefiting from the research that Boston Children's scientists are doing at the bench side. The field of angiogenesis, which was founded by celebrated Children's researcher and clinician Judah Folkman, MD, boasts 10-FDA approved drugs for treatment of cancer.

Despite the fact that the hospital draws all this public and private funding for research to the area, there is still a shortfall in what it costs to support the research infrastructure and what the hospital receives in grant funding. In FY08, that number was a $13 million loss.

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