About the Children's Research Institute

Research About the Children's Research Institute

Children ask a lot of questions. Sometimes, tough questions.

At the Children’s Research Institute, we ask tough questions, too. And finding answers is in our DNA. 

That’s why the Children’s Research Institute is dedicated to conducting translational research—studies that translate medical research into better ways to diagnose and treat children with a wide range of medical conditions, from the common to the complex.

The Children’s Mercy story has always been about a partnership between dedicated healers and the community leading to better treatments for children and new frontiers in pediatric medicine. Our world-class scientists and physicians work together in a culture of collaboration and innovation, supported by our generous community, because every child deserves our best, and every question deserves an answer.

Establishing the Children’s Research Institute at Children’s Mercy Kansas City

Children’s Mercy Kansas City is an independent, non-profit, 367-bed pediatric health system, providing more than half a million patient encounters yearly, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. In affiliation with the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the medical staff of more than 750 pediatric subspecialists and scientists is actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research, and educating the next generation of pediatric subspecialists. Our physicians serve a medically diverse population from 150 counties, providing care to children with rare and complex disorders daily.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Our drive to find answers for these children and their families motivated us to create the Children’s Research Institute. Here, we are assembling many of the world’s best and brightest researchers, all focused on serving the health care needs of children, whether they live down the block, or across the globe.

For children. For families. For answers.

The Children’s Research Institute is creating an integrated research environment where no boundaries exist between science and medicine. In our quest to find answers to pediatric medicine’s most challenging questions, we are collaborating with physicians, scientists, academic colleagues, philanthropic partners and others within our community, and around the world.

To accomplish our goals, we’re performing the highest quality research using the latest medical technologies. The hospital’s leadership in pediatric genomic medicine and clinical pharmacology is driving research and innovation in nephrology, heart care, cancer treatment and other subspecialties to provide answers for the most difficult cases and challenging pediatric conditions.

Integral to our efforts is our focus on applied informatics, the use of cutting-edge computational capabilities. Informatics helps us provide answers to children and their families by accelerating the process of research, improving the quality of research, making it possible to share data with other researchers, and even making new methods of research available.

We are building a dedicated, state-of-the-art biorepository, or “bank” where patient samples can be preserved for future research. The biorepository could potentially advance diagnostic discovery and clinical care for diseases where the greatest need exists, such as pediatric cancer.