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Our current research efforts range from improving treatments for diseases like leukemia, cystic fibrosis and diabetes, to developing a new artificial heart pump for kids born with only one ventricle.
Our researchers are also creating new therapies using umbilical cord stem cells to help regenerate damaged or defective cells, potentially unlocking treatments for numerous childhood diseases.
These are just a few examples of the hundreds of ongoing research studies being conducted at our facility.
Child health research is at the core of our commitment to deliver the best clinical care for kids. With each patient we see, our physicians and caregivers seek to improve outcomes and deliver world-class care. During the research process, our physician-scientists study the genetic, biologic and cellular mechanisms of disease, injury and repair. The discoveries from these studies are then translated into improved diagnostics and treatments, providing cutting-edge therapies to our patients. Armed with new answers to the problems our patients face, Children's Hospital Colorado is constantly adapting our bedside protocols to deliver the best care -- based on our own research and that of the medical and scientific community.
Our child health research efforts over the next decade will focus on the following six areas:
Reflecting our powerful commitment to research, Children's Hospital Colorado also seeks to increase research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) over the next five years. This funding will serve as one measure of progress toward our ultimate goal: to give every child the best chance to live a healthy life.