Four locations 

  Children's Memorial Research Center  
four locations

Areas of research 

Established in 1986, Children's Memorial Research Center is the research arm of Children's Memorial Hospital, the pediatric teaching hospital for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The research center is also one of the interdisciplinary research centers and institutes of the Feinberg School, where principal investigators who are part of the research center are full-time faculty members. 

Biomedical research is conducted throughout Children’s Memorial’s departments, divisions, programs and centers of excellence. Indeed, the collaborative spirit that our supportive academic environment engenders makes research progress and biomedical breakthroughs possible.

Over 140 investigators, 500 staff and numerous trainees contribute to the seven growing programs in basic research and translational medicine:

  1. Cancer Biology and Epigenomics Program  
  2. Clinical & Translational Research Program  
  3. Developmental Biology Program  
  4. Human Molecular Genetics Program  
  5. The Mary Ann & J. Milburn Smith Child Health Research Program  
  6. Neurobiology Program 
  7. Pediatric Oncology Program 

In addition, the centers of excellence focus on specific child health issues, and represent areas that either lie outside of programmatic scope or cross program boundaries. Members may choose to affiliate with one or more program, or with a center. 

Center for Clinical Trials Research 

Center for Community Partnerships & Health Promotion 

Center for Gender, Sexuality and HIV Prevention 

Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Pediatric Critical Illness & Injury 

Center for Intestinal and Liver Inflammation Research 

Center for Neuroblastoma Research

Center on Obesity Management and Prevention 

Chicago City-wide FOCIS Center of Excellence 

Children's HIV/AIDS Program 

Falk Brain Tumor Research Center 

Pediatric Drug Development Center 

Pediatric Practice Research Group 

Retinoblastoma Center of Excellence