Research Innovation


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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.  

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Tomita launches new journal

Tadanori Tomita, MD, Professor and Vice Chair of Neurological Surgery at the Feinberg School, and the Yeager Professor and Division Head of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Lurie Children’s, founded the Journal of Neurosurgery Imaging and Techniques — a new open access international peer reviewed scientific journal. It seeks to provide a platform for surgeons worldwide to contemplate the anatomy of a patient’s brain during surgery and route the location of their surgical instruments in relation to the anatomy.​

Tool for ED to treat feverish infants

Many parents have experienced the indecision and worry over caring for their feverish and miserable infant. What if there were a test that could quickly identify the pathogen and obviate the need for hospital admission and unnecessary antibiotics? Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) investigators are working on it. In a preliminary study published in JAMA, the investigators found that there is a unique response to a bacterial pathogen versus a viral pathogen.​ 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.