Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is the primary teaching hospital for the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Connecticut Children’s believes that research is essential to advancing medicine and improving health care for children. Our physicians, assisted by clinical staff, laboratory staff and nurses, conduct research that contributes to major medical discoveries, such as how to prevent cancer cells from multiplying, or a way to guarantee that an unborn baby will not grow up to have asthma.
Basic research advances our fundamental understanding of human biology and human disease, while clinical studies involving real patients evaluate outcomes of all kinds of interventions. All research initiatives are a result of the dedicated minds of Connecticut Children’s medical professionals. Whether our staff members are driven by a desire to improve the lives of their patients, or the pursuit of new knowledge that has the potential to positively affect the lives of thousands of children, they work as a team to discover ways to make a difference in children’s health.
Research Opportunities for Health Care Providers
Connecticut Children’s supports health care professionals who wish to contribute to the medical community’s body of knowledge. Our professional research staff works with community-based investigators to help them gain access to advanced and experimental therapies for their patients.
UConn School of Medicine and Research Facilities:
The University of Connecticut (UConn) School of Medicine (SOM), is the academic setting for attending physicians, pediatric and surgical residents, fellows, and medical students in the UConn SOM Departments of Pediatrics, Pediatric Surgery, and other medical and surgical subspecialties. Based in Farmington, Connecticut, UConn Health is home to the UConn SOM, School of Dental Medicine, John Dempsey Hospital, UConn Medical Group, UConn Health Partners, University Dentists and a thriving research enterprise. With approximately 5,000 employees, UConn Health is a major economic driver in the region, generating nearly $1 billion annually in gross state product. It is closely linked with UConn’s main campus in Storrs through multiple, cross-campus academic projects.
Connecticut Children’s Research Resources
The Department of Research supports the research activities of all principal investigators at Connecticut Children’s. The Department of Research is comprised of a dedicated team of research personnel including staff support for statistical analyses and data management. There are numerous pediatric specialized centers and resources devoted to Connecticut Children’s. They include: The Center for Behavior Health (CBH); the Asthma Center; the Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs; a central Clinical Trials Unit that manages 110 clinical trials and support 5-6 grants/year; and the Connecticut Children’s Human Research Protection Program.
The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
Another important collaboration is Connecticut Children’s partnership with The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington (JAX-GM) which allows the organization to garner the power of the human genome to provide families with new treatment options today and positions the organization to help find tomorrow’s cures. Connecticut Children’s clinicians have access to the JAX-GM federally certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) laboratory which can perform genomics analysis on biologic samples obtained from pediatric patients. This state-of-the-art testing capability, which is only available at a few of the nation’s largest children’s hospitals, can identify novel and personalized treatments for patients. This testing is one component of a larger collaborative program advancing precision medicine genomics-based treatments for children.
Join Our Team!
At Connecticut Children’s, treating children isn’t just our job, it’s our passion. And as a leading children’s hospital experiencing steady growth, we’re always looking to expand our team with exceptional people who share our vision to help children grow healthy.