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The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital

Institute for Molecular Pediatric Sciences

At the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital, we are committed to providing the best possible care for children. One of the ways we do this is through research--the discovery and application of new scientific knowledge.

Medical research can be very time-consuming--and demands considerable coordination and effort. To sustain groundbreaking research programs that enrich patient care, we have established the University of Chicago Institute for Molecular Pediatric Sciences.

The institute--the first of its kind in the country--is dedicated to improving children's health through organized, team-based research of how genes influence diseases. The institute's full-time researchers work with doctors and other faculty members to:

  • Develop new ways to diagnose and treat childhood diseases
  • Better understand the cause of diseases
  • Identify why some children develop diseases and others don't
  • Determine why some treatments work for some but not others
  • Help prevent diseases in children

Research That Makes a Difference

Over the last few years, the medical community has gained a better understanding of the body's genetic make-up. But the challenge for doctors is to use this knowledge from the laboratory in the "real world" to improve the health of children.

Research has revealed that genes determine why some children respond to treatments and others do not. Genes play a central role in many serious illnesses affecting children, such as cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, and cancer. Genetic research projects, like those conducted at the University of Chicago, continue to advance our understanding of these disorders. One day these studies will allow doctors to offer the most effective treatment to each sick child based on their individual genetic inheritance and even to prevent diseases before they occur.

Advancing the Forefront of Kid's Medicine

Although it will take many more years for scientists to unlock all the mysteries of genes and childhood disease, knowledge from gene studies make it possible to offer treatments today that did not even exist five years ago. The University of Chicago has established itself as an early leader in this exciting area of research in order to provide its patients with the best care available anywhere in the world.