Our Research Institute is one of the nation's 10th largest free-standing pediatric research centers. We work to enhance the health of children by engaging in high-quality, cutting-edge research. The work we do is dedicated to improving the health of children and their families. The talented and dedicated scientists are surrounded by an agile, state-of-the-art infrastructure. We believe that talent and support equal success. Success means that their work finds its way from the laboratory to the bedside quickly, alleviating suffering. Research areas include: bio-behavioral health; cardiovascular medicines; cell and vascular biology; childhood cancer; perinatal research; gene therapy; injury research; microbial pathogenesis; molecular and human genetics; and vaccines and immunity.
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Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition
The Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (GI) at Nationwide Children's Hospital ranks among the best pediatric gastroenterology programs nationwide, providing comprehensive patient care for a broad range of gastrointestinal, liver, and nutritional problems. We strive for excellence in research, teaching, and clinical care, and we maintain a cadre of physician-scientists committed to increasing our understanding of a variety of gastrointestinal disorders in children. The Center for Digestive Disorders opened in 2008 and consolidates GI care into a single GI Center. This advanced facility is dedicated to the early detection, treatment, and prevention of GI disorders. This center features a contemporary design, utilizing the latest technology, while creating an environment committed to family-centered care. NCH physicians received consecutive Masters Awards for Basic or Clinical Research in Digestive Sciences in 2008 and 2009.
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Pediatric Cancer Care and Research
Nationwide Children's Hematology, Oncology, and Bone Marrow Transplant's mission is for our patients to survive and to continue living normal, healthy lives with their families. We treat the full array of blood disorders, cancers, immune-deficiency disorders, bone marrow failure syndromes, and inherited metabolic storage diseases in patients ranging in age from neonates to young adults. Hematology, Oncology, and Bone Marrow Transplant is comprised of the following programs: Cancer, Blood Disorders, Blood and Marrow Transplant, Clinical Trials, and the Center for Childhood Cancer. NCH has Ohio's largest program and is home to the country's largest pediatric cancer tissue bank. Hematology and Oncology has a multi-disciplinary and specially trained healthcare team. Each child has a core medical team that is responsible for the child's care, long-term planning, and major medical decisions.
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The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's is a world-class diagnostic, treatment and research facility for pediatric and adult patients with all forms of congenital heart disease and acquired cardio-myopathy. We offer everything one might expect to find at a nationally renowned, children's heart center. In addition to our expertise, compassion and advanced technologies, we also provide our patients and their families with innovation and advancements not found elsewhere; all cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery services are consolidated into a comprehensive model.
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Neonatal Intensive Care (NIC)
Our NIC programs, the largest, most comprehensive network in America, provide state-of-the-art treatment and follow-up of extremely premature and medically fragile neonates. Our goal is to provide the resources and expertise necessary to provide extraordinary, family-centered care. Our team of rigorously trained neonatologists, advanced-practice nurses, and other healthcare specialists provide around-the-clock treatment for newborns. NCH is participating in the Ohio Better Birth Outcomes collaborative clinical prevention program designed to reduce the frequency of pre-term birth and its consequences. While some babies benefit from pre-term delivery due to maternal complications, prematurity overall continues as a major public health issue.
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