The University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics enhances and facilitates basic, translational and clinical research in pediatric science and fosters the successful development of investigators dedicated to generating new knowledge.

In FY15, our department had $20.2 million in extramural grant funding, nearly 70 percent of which came from the National Institutes of Health. In addition, 39 faculty are active members of the Society for Pediatric Research and the American Pediatric Society. (For more facts about our research program, read our annual report.)

Research by Division 

Research by Investigator 

Pediatric Clinical Research Coordination (PCRC) 

Our pediatric clinical research coordination program supports research projects that investigate treatments or interventions for children and adolescents.

Experienced clinical research staff provide department investigators with comprehensive study coordination and support services.

Research Environment 

The UW Department of Pediatrics has a culture that promotes, supports and rewards research in all aspects of daily activities.

One of our faculty, Robert Lemanske, MD, serves as the deputy executive director of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) and the associate dean of clinical and translational research at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. Funded by a National Institutes of Health CTSA grant, ICTR aims to transform research into a continuum from investigation through discovery to translation into real-life community practice.

Much of our clinical research takes place at the world-class American Family Children’s Hospital, an 87-bed comprehensive pediatric medical and surgical center that houses 28 specialty clinics, a Level IV neonatal intensive care unit, a pediatric intensive care unit, an acclaimed transplant surgery program, and a children’s cancer center.

In addition, we conduct clinical research studies at UW Health outpatient pediatric clinics, Meriter Hospital and the Waisman Center.

We’re also located adjacent to the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research (WIMR), a state-of-the art research facility that encourages collaborations of scientists from different disciplines, and the Waisman Center, an internationally renowned center dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases throughout the life course.

Research Training 

The UW Department of Pediatrics’ research training program cultivates learners and faculty who want to develop careers in pediatric research.

Our residency program’s research opportunities include a required scholarly project and support of the research pathways developed by the American Board of Pediatrics. We also offer a National Institutes of Health-supported MD/PhD program for future physician-scientists.

Our fellowship programs offer outstanding research opportunities with mentors in basic, translational and clinical research—in our department, the School of Medicine and Public Health and across campus.

Our faculty mentoring program provides guidance and critical evaluation of research performance and productivity.

Spring Research Day 

Spring Research Day spotlights scholarly work from UW Department of Pediatrics residents, fellows, faculty, and staff, plus health sciences students from the School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH).

Although many of the presentations have been or will be given at regional or national meetings, the event is a great way to share the department’s work with the SMPH community.