Research Innovation


Who We Are

The research arm of Lurie Children’s, Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute helps us provide cutting-edge treatments and discover more effective ways to prevent and diagnose conditions that affect children’s health.

Our physicians and scientists are also faculty at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, our academic partner. Working closely together, our hospital, research institute and medical school train the next generation of pediatric specialists while advancing children's healthcare. 

Learn more about Stanley Manne and his gift.​​​

Read Our Research Blog

The research institute blog, From the Bench, is written by Philip M. Iannaccone, MD, PhD. Dr. Iannaccone's musings range from Mendelian inheritance to exactly how DNA controls human development. Stop by each week to see Dr. Iannaccone's take on research news, myths and surprises.  


Study offers clues to risk of Zika birth defects in the U.S.​

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates that birth defects and other problems related to the Zika virus are not just limited to Brazil. William Muller, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and an attending physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Lurie Children's, wrote an editorial accompanying the study in JAMA. Muller is quoted in a National Public Radio story.

Children born with heart defects at increased risk for epilepsy

Children with congenital heart disease have a higher risk of the seizure disorder epilepsy through adulthood, according to a Northwestern Medicine study published in the journal Circulation. Bradley Marino, MD, MPP, MSCE, Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Cardiology, and an attending physician in Cardiology at Lurie Children's, was a co-author of the paper.​ Read more.​

Early career investigators receive TL1 awards to solve child health problems

Five clinical fellows in pediatrics and postdoctoral fellows in engineering or data science have received TL1 awards. The TL1 program was established by Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS) with the support of the NIH, with the goal of promoting multidisciplinary training to improve the health of children and adolescents. The awardees, selected by a committee of experts and NUCATS, will receive support from their mentors in engineering and medicine, complete formal coursework and receive protected research time, all with the goal of allowing them to build a strong foundation for a career in research. NUCATS promotes collaboration among early career investigators as they work to solve child health problems.​ Read more.