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.  


Improving trainees' knowledge and skills in minimally invasive surgery

A team of surgeons led by Katherine Barsness, MD, sought to determine if simulation-based education (SBE) could improve pediatric surgery trainees' knowledge about and comfort with performing minimally invasive surgery (MIS) in infants and children. Read more.​

Lurie Children's to participate in NIH funded Pre-Vent study

Lurie Children’s was selected to participate in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded Prematurity-Related Ventilatory Control (Pre-Vent) study consortium. Our researchers will partner with investigators from other leading national hospitals to expand knowledge of neurorespiratory maturation in premature infants. Read more.​

Sara Fossum successfully completes her graduate training

Sara Fossum, a graduate student in the laboratory of Ann Harris, PhD, successfully defended her thesis, and presented her public defense on August 26, 2016. She is the 21st student to graduate from the laboratory.

After completing an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Notre Dame, Sara entered the Northwestern University Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), which prepares students for exciting and rewarding careers combining biomedical investigation and the practice of medicine. Sara joined the Harris laboratory in 2012, where she focused on the Ets homologous factor (EHF) and its involvement in lung function.

While in the Harris laboratory, Sara was awarded a grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, received the Junior Investigator Basic Science Semi-Finalist award at the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference, was part of the Cellular and Molecular Basis of Disease Training Program​ at Northwestern University, and won the Heller Award for Excellence in the Pre-Clinical Curriculum from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Sara plans to return to medical school to finish her third and fourth years.​