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Centers and Research Programs

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Akron Children's Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute includes visionary centers of excellence that are dedicated to exploring forward-looking research fields with potential for novel investigative advances that will positively impact patient care and improve the health, well-being and quality of life of children and families in northeast Ohio and around the world.

With nearly 800 research studies being conducted by more than 300 investigators in over 60 departments, research is part of the fabric of the culture at Akron Children's. Though our centers of research, we are building on the established foundation for pediatric research to develop a more cohesive research community where scientists and clinicans can partner, share ideas and benefit from the strength and synergy of the group.

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 & Population Health:
Focuses on chronic disease management, devices and procedures to support the care of 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.

Other Active Research Programs

Hematology-Oncology Cystic Fibrosis
NeuroDevelopmental Science Center Neonatal Intensive Care
Burn Institute Pediatric Infectious Disease




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