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Shaping the future of pediatric medicine

For 150 years, Boston Children’s has embodied a culture of scientific investigation that has shaped pediatric medicine and changed children’s lives. This legacy continues today as we lead the world in pediatric research, empowering clinicians and scientists to challenge the status quo and seek better answers for our patients.

Our research enterprise is the world's largest and most highly-funded pediatric hospital. In FY2022, we received more funding from the National Institutes of Health than any other children’s hospital in the nation. We perform research in a vast range of specialties, revolutionizing treatments for children with common conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and obesity, to children with rare and complex disorders.

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Boston Children's leads or participates in hundreds of clinical trials. Use this database to find out which trials are recruiting, who can enroll and more.

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Institutional Centers for Clinical & Translational Research

A central hub of resources to support the Boston Children’s research community through guidance on planning, designing, implementing and reporting.

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Can we prevent seizures in Sturge-Weber syndrome?

When babies with port wine stains are diagnosed with Sturge-Weber syndrome, pre-treating them with anti-seizure drugs can prevent them from developing seizures.

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Easing the mental health boarding crisis in emergency rooms

When “boarding” surged during the COVID-19 pandemic, Boston Children’s took measures to increase access to psychiatric care — reducing the boarding length of stay by 53 percent.

Learn more about easing the mental health boarding crisis

Could SIDS be caused by unrecognized brain infections?

A “molecular autopsy” suggests that undiagnosed brain inflammation and unrecognized infection can sometimes contribute to infant deaths from SIDS.

Learn more about SIDS