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. 

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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.  


Mary J.C. Hendrix: Nature News & Views Article

Research Institute President and Scientific Director Mary J.C. Hendrix, PhD, has published an invited Commentary in the News & Views section of Nature entitled “Cancer: An extravascular route for tumour cells.” The article describes an innovative technology developed by Wagenblast et al. that allows researchers to trace the spread (metastasis) of aggressive cancer cells. Using this technique, the authors were able to study the molecular composition of different populations of cells that comprise breast tumors and lead to metastasis.

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NUCATS and CTR Program Harmonize Resources

NUCATS Newsroom

Susanna McColley, MD, director of the Clinical and Translational Research (CTR) Program at Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute, has worked with colleagues at the research institute and Northwestern University to align clinical and translational research resources at Lurie Children’s  and Northwestern University. Her role as associate clinical director for Child Health at the NUCATS Institute has been integral in this collaboration process and has generated several new initiatives.

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2014 in Scientific Imagery

The Feinberg School has published a selection of eye-catching images from research published by faculty in 2014. Among these is a collection of pictures of the cornea, showing a spiral pattern that changes with age. Philip Iannaccone, MD, PhD, George M. Eisenberg Professor of Pediatrics proposed a framework for explaining the development of the spiral pattern on the cornea in a recently published paper in Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology. The research was also published in the journal Complexity.

In this image, pictures of the cornea from a 10 month old rat (top left), 13 month old rat (top right) and 16 month old rat (bottom) illustrate spiral pattern changes as animals age.

Iannaccone is Deputy Director for Research – Basic Sciences and Senior Vice-President of the research institute as well as director of the Developmental Biology Program and the Training Program.