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Research & Innovation | Overview

Transplant researcher in the lab

Boston Children’s Hospital is constantly improving care. Some of these improvements are rooted in scientific research. Understanding diseases deeply — even at the cellular or molecular level — leads to new drugs and therapies. 

But some improvements come from moments spent at the bedside, when clinicians see inadequate science or imperfect models of care. When this happens our staff often makes the effort to change things for the better, benefiting patients and the medical field at-large. It's the path by which many major medical innovations and improvements in care have been made.

Innovations play a critical role in our transplant patients’ health, so our team is constantly creating new procedures, programs, tests, processes and tools. An innovation may be small — like finding a creative way to help a young patient take her medication on time — or it may be a big discovery that changes the entire field of pediatric transplantation such as improved immunosuppression protocols or new ventricular assist devices.

Learn more about the research within each of our transplant programs:

Transplant research program 

To maximize our potential to accelerate discovery and ultimately to improve care of transplant patients, the Department of Medicine at Boston Children’s launched the Transplant Research Program. Our program provides a rich environment for scientists and physicians to collaborate about matters related to transplantation and immunology at the basic science level. Visit our website to learn more about the researchers and the work being done.