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2022 Research Report Highlights

Research and clinical teams at Children’s and Emory show unwavering commitment to do everything possible to make anything possible for kids. Three years since beginning to tackle the global pandemic, investigators continue to make new discoveries in research with an increased focus on emerging infectious diseases, behavioral and mental health and diversity and inclusion. Thousands of children benefit from their efforts every day, across Georgia and throughout the world.

Developing a Culturally Relevant Chronic Sickle Cell Pain Intervention

Children’s Pediatric Psychologist, Soumitri Sil, PhD, received NIH funding to develop and test a new multicomponent integrative pain management intervention for adolescents with chronic pain related to sickle cell disease, which primarily affects Black and African Americans.

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A Very Low Sugar Diet May Benefit Teens with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Teens with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease may reduce their liver fat if placed on a very low sugar diet, according to research published by Children’s Hepatologist Miriam Vos, MD, MPH.

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Research at the Forefront of Tackling a Behavioral and Mental Health Crisis

Learn why research is top of mind as John Constantino, MD, Chief, Behavioral and Mental Health at Children’s, develops a comprehensive program to help stem a serious youth mental health crisis in Georgia and throughout the U.S.

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How Is Children’s Leading Innovative Research?

Without innovative medical research, we wouldn’t have knowledge of or access to lifesaving treatments available to patients today. And without collaboration with our academic and scientific partners, our healthcare institution wouldn’t be prepared to tackle the many medical issues our specialized pediatric doctors see each and every day.

In collaboration with our metro Atlanta partners, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta pediatric research studies are conducted by our physicians, scientists, and a mix of other clinical practitioners and academics. These researchers seek to answer questions about the health of our patient population, which includes infants, toddlers, teens and young adults up to 18 years old. Some studies involve an innovative medical treatment, such as a new medicine, medical instrument or test, while others focus on a new technique or innovative clinical method.

By using what we discover through clinical trials and studies, Children’s provides current evidence-based quality care to children and helps make sure our doctors and clinical staff—as well as medical professionals worldwide—know about recent breakthroughs in pediatric care.

Our research covers everything from a better understanding of how a cell and its molecular machinery work (basic research) to applying this knowledge to pediatric diseases in the lab (translational research) and exploring new medical strategies and treatments in children (clinical trials), as well as looking at large groups of children with a particular disease to better understand it (epidemiological studies).

Our Pediatric Research Collaborations

We work with neighboring academic and scientific institutions to answer questions about the most difficult childhood medical conditions through research. Collaborations with the following institutions have helped shape groundbreaking research for decades:

Seeking Pediatric Researchers

After 65 years of innovation and partnership, Children’s and Emory are seeking to recruit 30 new world-class child health researchers over the next five years. To learn more, email, or view a list of available opportunities.

Fellowships, Residencies and Internships

Choosing Children’s for your fellowship, residency or internship enables you to collaborate with some of the best academic and medical research centers in the country while also gaining experience at one of the nation’s largest pediatric healthcare systems. Learn more about our programs.

Shaping tomorrow’s care

By collaborating with our neighboring academic and scientific institutions, as well as building a transformative North Druid Hills campus that will include a new hospital, Children’s is focused on the future of pediatric research and treatment.