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Pediatric Clinical Care Research

CHORI’s Center for Critical Care’s Pediatric Clinical Care Research group conducts research as varied as the patients admitted to the Children’s Hospital Oakland intensive care unit, with 14 active clinical research projects currently underway, including nine that are federally funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense and the Center for Disease Control.

The predominant focus of clinical researchers in the Pediatric Clinical Care Research group is on understanding the burden of critical illness and the mechanisms and pathophysiology of disease. In addition, researchers are committed to developing and testing new strategies to improve morbidity and mortality in our most vulnerable population: our children. As most pediatric illness involves respiratory disease and infection, CHORI’s Pediatric Clinical Care Research group focuses research on related conditions such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, sepsis, and hospital- and community-acquired pneumonia, among others.

“As medicine advances, we are understanding more and more that the individual host response is just as important to investigate as the virulence of the organisms that infect our children,” says CHORI Clinical Scientist and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Medical Director Heidi Flori, MD.

In addition to conducting research in the setting of superior pediatric care, the Pediatric Clinical Care Research group also offers subspecialty training in pediatric critical care designed to foster the independent interests of fellows as they pursue their graduate medical education research requirements. Graduate research has included the exploration of such fascinating new worlds such as medical ethics, transport and telemedicine, acupuncture, diabetes and racial disparities in pediatric critical care.

Finally, as there are fewer than 5000 pediatric critical care beds in the US compared to approximately 90,000 adult critical care beds, researchers in the Pediatric Clinical Care Research group recognize that to offer the best opportunities to understand pediatric illness and disease lie in collaboration. As such, the Pediatric Critical Care Research group is involved in national and international collaborations with the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators Network, UCSF Medical Center and the Cardiovascular Research Institute, San Francisco General Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Boston, Stanford University and the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the California Department of Health.

revised: Sunday, July 29, 2012 8:15 PM

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