The University of Colorado Denver’s School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, whose doctors and other clinical staff practice at The Children’s Hospital, collected $42.4 million in awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2007-2008. That’s more than any other department of pediatrics in the country. UC Denver’s Department of Pediatrics topped 89 other U.S. medical schools in this category of peer-reviewed awards.

Children face a variety of short-term and chronic illnesses that need research to find treatment and cures that improve their chances of leading healthy lives. Support from the NIH allows researchers to make progress in a variety of areas including childhood cancer, diabetes, lung diseases, liver disease and heart disease which ultimately will make a difference in the lives of children in Colorado and throughout the world.

“The fact that faculty members in the Department of Pediatrics have been so successful in achieving NIH funding demonstrates that we have some of the best pediatric scientists in the world,” said Stephen Daniels, chair of the UC Denver School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics, pediatrician-in-chief and L. Joseph Butterfield Chair of Pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital. “They are committed to solving health problems and applying them to the care of children to make their lives better. “

As members of the Department of Pediatrics,  pediatric specialists at Children’s Hospital work closely with physician scientists to translate leading-edge research to everyday patient care. The teamwork between the Department of Pediatrics researchers and clinicians at Children’s, ensures the best care for young patients.

About University of Colorado Denver’s School of Medicine

The School of Medicine faculty work to advance science and improve care as the physicians, educators and scientists at University of Colorado Hospital, The Children’s Hospital, Denver Health, National Jewish Health, and the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Degrees offered by the UC Denver School of Medicine include doctor of medicine, doctor of physical therapy, and masters of physician assistant studies. The School is part of the University of Colorado Denver, one of three campuses in the University of Colorado system. For additional news and information, please visit the UC Denver online newsroom.

About The Children’s Hospital

This year, The Children’s Hospital celebrates 100 years of pediatric healthcare excellence. Founded in 1908, The Children’s Hospital is a leading pediatric network entirely devoted to the health and wellbeing of children. Continually recognized as one of the nation’s outstanding hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, The Children’s Hospital is known both for its nationally and internationally recognized medical, research and education programs as well as the full spectrum of everyday care for kids throughout Colorado and surrounding states. With more than 1,000 healthcare professionals representing the full spectrum of pediatric specialties, The Children’s Hospital network of care includes its main campus, fourteen Children’s Care Centers and more than 400 outreach clinics.

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