About the Stanley Manne Children’s
Research Institute

Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute, affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, is the research arm of Lurie Children’s. The mission of Manne Research Institute is to generate new knowledge leading to advancements in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect children's health through adolescence and adulthood. Our multidisciplinary teams of physicians, scientists, technicians, nurses and trainees are committed to making discoveries that will improve the lives of children and their families.

Our Name

In recognition of a transformative gift from Mr. Stanley Manne, a retired local business executive and Chairman of the Manne Family Foundation, the institute was named Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute in May 2014.

The gift will provide funding to help sustain and further enhance medical research into the causes and cures of childhood disease at Lurie Children’s. When asked why he chose to make this gift to establish the Manne Research Institute, Mr. Manne said, “I have always wanted to give something back to individuals who wish to rise above their challenges. I chose Lurie Children’s for this gift because I have personally seen children grow healthy through successful treatment at the hospital. These children are now adults who are making a difference in society.” Mr. Manne was also impressed by the leadership at Lurie Children’s and their capability to deliver on the promise of the institution’s mission of patient care, research, education and advocacy.

Our History

Established in 1986 and guided by founding director Bernard L. Mirkin, PhD, MD, the research institute became one of the nation's leading free standing pediatric research entities attracting prominent and innovative scientists.

In 2007, under the leadership of Mary J.C. Hendrix, PhD, the research institute became a virtual center for all research conducted by Lurie Children's investigators – whether in the research facility, in the hospital, at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine or throughout the community.

In addition to its generous philanthropic partners, the research institute attracts prestigious federal, state and local funding, as well as funding from private organizations and industry partners.




The Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center​, scheduled to open in 2019, will include four floors housing the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute. This construction site web cam provides a real-time view of the construction site.