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CDI Leaders Identify Surprising Culprit in Nerve Cell Damage

In new research, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine who play important leadership roles in the Children's Discovery Institute uncovered findings that suggest ways to block nerve cell damage in neurodegenerative diseases....Learn More

Audrey Odom John: At the Global Forefront of Ending Malaria

See where a 2009 Faculty Scholar Award helped take this CDI researcher. ...Learn More

CDI Researcher Continues Antibiotic Resistance Work

Building off CDI-funded work that began in 2011, Washington University School of Medicine microbiologist Gautam Dantas, PhD, is sequencing vast quantities of bacterial DNA in efforts to understand and thwart antibiotic resistance....Learn More

The Epicenter of Cellular Imaging

With the October 2015 opening of the Washington University Center for Cellular Imaging (WUCCI), researchers throughout the Washington University School of Medicine campus, including those funded by the Children’s Discovery Institute (CDI), have access to a shared technology resource center where the sole focus is the advancement of imaging technologies in support of their pediatric research studies. Since receiving CDI funding last fall, WUCCI has helped 18 CDI center members and six currently funded CDI investigators take advantage of its new and illuminating resource....Learn More

Seeking a Fighting Chance for Cystic Fibrosis Patients

When you have two great passions — children and science — going to medical school and becoming a pediatrician seem like obvious choices. But, choosing a pediatric specialty proved more challenging for Jessica Pittman, MD, MPH, pediatrics, until she met Dylan. ...Learn More

News & Events
New Translational Research Underway The Children’s Discovery Institute board of managers recently approved more than $3.7 Million in new grant funding for 13 wide-ranging pediatric research studies, four of which take aim at childhood cancers, including two clinical trials. In four other studies, researchers will tackle serious disorders of the gastrointestinal tract in children, including a life-threatening condition call necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) that develops in in some babies born prematurely. Funding also was awarded to two studies investigating different aspects of pediatric heart disease, as well as one designed to learn more about the long-term effects the Zika virus has on an infant’s brain. ... CDI More Info
Just Add Water: Artificial Blood to the Rescue A study partly funded by the CDI brings the promise of artificial blood development closer to reality. Erythromer, a novel bood substitute developed by Washington University School of Medicine's Allan Doctor, MD, pediatrics, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, has been shown to emulate vital functions of natural red blood cells.... CDI More Info
Protecting Childhood with Precision Medicine See how CDI supporters have put in motion a precision medicine revolution that will continue to spark innovation and deepen our understanding of the origins of pediatric disease for decades to come.... CDI More Info
Gordon Receives Beering Award CDI board of managers member,Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD, has been honored with the Steven C. Beering Award for his seminal contributions to establishing the field of human microbiome research. ... CDI More Info
New CDI Studies Underway The Children’s Discovery Institute recently allocated $2.8 million toward comprehensive genome analysis to improve the ability to diagnosis birth defects, toward work that will seek to identify biomarkers of cognitive dysfunction in survivors of pediatric brain tumors and more.... CDI More Info