About the Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute

About Us

With only 5 percent of our nation’s medical research spending going to improve children’s health, Akron Children’s Hospital is proud to be one of the few pediatric research institutes in the nation.

The Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute was founded in 2009 to fulfill the mission of encouraging, advising and supporting Akron Children’s team of investigators and unlock the power of research to advance knowledge and improve lives. It reflects the vision of William H. and Rebecca D. Considine to create a world-class research organization capable of making significant healthcare advances for infants, children and adolescents through creativity and scientific discovery. Their generous $1 million endowment in 2009 put this venture on firm footing.

Our vision is to develop an outstanding research institute that transforms pediatric care, improves health and outcomes, advances our educational programs and attracts eminent researchers.

We’re actively building a dedicated research team of clinicians, scientists, residents and fellows to develop new medicines, devices, procedures and programs to improve the delivery of healthcare for our patients today and those we’ve yet to meet. Our team is also working to advance our educational partnerships by providing access to the highest quality equipment, latest techniques and expert professional mentorship.

With our skilled research professionals and access to diverse urban, rural and suburban patient populations, the Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute is well positioned to explore the full gamut of illnesses and conditions afflicting children and families in our region and beyond.

Primary Centers of Research

Healthcare Services Delivery & Innovation: Focuses research efforts on novel medications, devices and procedures including transforming care quality and outcomes, critical care transports, palliative care, patient experiences and procedural innovation.

Childhood Lifestyle and Population Health: Focuses on chronic disease management, devices and procedures to support the care for diabetes, asthma, lead exposure and overall pediatric wellness.

Mitochondrial Medicine: Works with new treatments and participates in clinical trials to care for life-changing mitochondrial diseases and mitochondrial dysfunction, which is at the core of many common diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), autism spectrum disorders and some cancers.

Vision Sciences: Works to discover conditions of the developing visual system, medical and surgical treatment paradigms and advancement of new drugs and devices to preserve and restore the sight of children.

Clinical Research: Encompasses all other research that is conducted outside of the primary centers of research.

Nursing Research: Mentors and supports nurses in their quest to design and conduct investigations that contribute to nursing science and informs evidence-based, patient-centered best practices.


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