Research at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is conducted through Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute. The institute is focused on improving child health, transforming pediatric medicine and ensuring healthier futures through the relentless pursuit of knowledge. In partnership with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, our scientists work in labs, in clinics, at the patient bedside and in the community to unravel the root causes of pediatric and adolescent disease, to understand childhood injury and to find factors that precipitate health problems in childhood and over a lifetime. Our researchers work every day to develop new therapies and prevention strategies.
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.
Established in 1984 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 the Feinberg School or throughout the community.
Thomas P. Shanley, MD, joined the faculty in 2015 as Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, Founders' Board Centennial Professor, and Professor of Pediatrics at the Feinberg School, and Chief Research Officer at the Manne Research Institute. As Chief Research Officer, Shanley appointed several faculty members as Associate Chief Research Officers (ACROs) so that each will build programs based on the research strengths and aspirations of faculty conducting research at Lurie Children’s.
In 2020, Patrick C. Seed, MD, PhD, was named the President and Chief Research Officer at the Manne Research Institute. Seed is also the Division Head of Infectious Diseases at Lurie Children’s. He is the Children’s Research Fund Chair in Basic Science and Professor of Pediatrics, Microbiology and Immunology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
The Manne Research Institute has moved its facility from Lincoln Park to its new home, the Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical Research Center in downtown Streeterville in June. This new location, just blocks away from Lurie Children’s and on the campus of its medical school, will house hundreds of investigators and staff. We look forward to continuing a robust research enterprise to investigate and address the challenges of childhood diseases, including the clinical, genetic, developmental and public health aspects of child health. As part of our commitment to a healthier future for all children, we plan to expand our research programs to include the following scientific neighborhoods:
Engineered Solutions for Health
Fertility Preservation and Hormone Restoration
Host-Microbial Interactions, Inflammation, and Immunity (HMI3)
Human Molecular Genetics and Physiology
Immune Deviation and Disease
Injury Repair and Regeneration
Molecular and Translational Cancer Biology
Perinatal Origins of Disease
We will continue to seek new opportunities to address childhood health issues based on the needs of the populations we serve.