Department of Pediatrics - Research

Pediatrics — Opportunities for Collaboration

The University of Rochester can take pride not only in its new Golisano Children's Hospital project, but in a highly regarded Department of Pediatrics that ranks 15th in National Institutes of Health research funding for Departments of Pediatrics — at a time when NIH funding is hard to come by.

"We would like people to realize that many opportunities exist for collaboration between investigators in the Department of Pediatrics and investigators in other departments and centers in the greater University of Rochester research community," said Damian Krysan. M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases), who along with Jill Halterman, M.D., M.P.H., Professor of Pediatrics, were recently appointed as the department's Vice Chairs for Research. 

"In pediatrics, we view health in a very holistic way," Halterman added. "The health of a child includes not just their medical health but also their psychosocial health and educational achievement; so, the opportunities for collaboration are very broad."

More than 200 faculty and investigators affiliated with the department conduct basic, clinical and translational research  in key areas that represent a "microcosm of all of medicine":autism and developmental disabilities, cancer, developmental biology, health services and prevention, infectious diseases and immunology, lung health and disease, neuromedicine, nutrition and metabolism, and renal and cardiovascular.

"Many adult health problems actually start in childhood," Halterman adds, "so a focus on children makes a lot of sense."

"The hope is that we can get researchers of all kinds to talk to each other and bring skills and methods being applied in other disciplines to children's research," Krysan explained.

"The building of the new Children's Hospital provides a perfect opportunity to highlight children's research," Halterman noted. "We need research focused on children's health to make sure that we continue to take care of children the best we can," Krysan added.

Republished from "Research Connections", the weekly newsletter from Rob Clark, Senior Vice President for Research at the University of Rochester.