Pushing scientific boundaries for healthier tomorrows.

At Connecticut Children's, our pediatric experts seek to uncover new paths to prevention, diagnosis, and healing of children ailments. We bring brilliant minds together to ignite wide-impact research for kids of today and tomorrow. Connecticut Children’s researchers are experts in their respective specialties and at the forefront of innovative therapies and healthcare delivery. Through our commitment to high-quality care and scientific research, we provide every child across our region and beyond with an opportunity to grow and thrive.

Our Centers of Research

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Basic & Translational

Our expertise in basic & translational research promotes the exploration of basic science from the lens of our clinical expertise to facilitate next-generation treatments for pediatric diseases and disorders.

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Clinical Research

Our focus on clinical research is pursuing breakthrough studies through groundbreaking clinical trials to improve care for fetuses, infants, children, and adolescents with acute and chronic medical conditions. Our Research Institute supports rigorous clinical trials for rare diseases/endocrinology, gastrointestinal disorders, and hematological/oncological disorders. Our Fetal Care Center is home to the most cutting-edge research for fetal anomaly diagnostics and surgery. 

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Population Health & Outcomes

We aim to advance the understanding of population health through research, education, interventions, policy, and community partnerships.  With a special focus on suicide prevention, asthma management, social determinants of health, and clinical pathways to improve health outcomes, we are a recognized leader across Connecticut and New England.

Uncover the latest pediatric studies.

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The Power and Promise of Collaboration Across Pediatric Care

Dr. Juan Salazar, EVP, and Physician-in-Chief, Connecticut Children's, joined the Nemours Well Beyond Medicine

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Research Education and Training

Connecticut Children’s division of research provides internship opportunities for high school, undergraduate, graduate, medical and post-doctoral students.

The Undergraduate Research Assistant Program Summer Internship (URAP Summer Internship), available to students enrolled in a college or university, offers students the opportunity to explore research at Connecticut Children’s.

The 10-week summer internship provides the interns with an opportunity to shadow team members in different clinical areas throughout Connecticut Children’s. The interns also develop a research poster on an existing study with their own unique prospective.

The URAP Summer Internship focus areas include:

  • Nutrition
  • Violence Prevention
  • Youth Suicide
  • Young Mental Health
  • Cyberbullying
  • Cognitive screening tools

Apply here 

Connecticut Children’s Support and Teamwork Resulting in Valuable Experiences (STRIVE) initiative is a partnership between the health system and Bloomfield High School (BHS) to promote future career opportunities to students. It was developed by Connecticut Children’s Research Operations and Development department to help build interest among students in healthcare careers and to increase workforce diversity at healthcare organizations. To date, STRIVE has hosted career days at Connecticut Children’s and career panels at Bloomfield High School.

Research Internship Summer Experience (RISE) allows talented undergraduates to spend 6 weeks during the summer within the Research Institute at Connecticut Children’s. Students are able to engage in clinical research related activities, and hear from a Senior Biostatistician, a Scientific Grant Writer, and Senior Research staff. Guidance and supervision of the research students was provided by a research team member. The RISE students had the ability to shadow a variety of specialties at Connecticut Children’s.

The Undergraduate Research Internship allows Trinity College students to take part in an internship at Connecticut Children’s for course credit. This engages students research activities in a clinical setting.

Students at the Frank H Netter MD School of Medicine can receive course credit for an SRCC course including Research Methodology, Narrative Medicine, and Concentration/Capstone.

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2022 Annual Academic Report

This report details our advances in research and continued multidisciplinary growth of combined surgical and pediatric programs at Connecticut Children’s.

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