Children’s Health℠ is acclaimed for excellence in clinical care but is equally committed to the pursuit, development and application of new knowledge to drive improvements in patient care and effective treatments and cures.
The Caruth Center for Pediatric Translational Clinical Research is the first of its kind in the nation with a concentration on diseases specific to children, including congenital abnormalities, cancers that mainly affect children, and certain pediatric viral infections.
Children’s Health multidisciplinary setting provides physicians the opportunity to investigate childhood diseases in a controlled environment. Translational clinical research is the process of converting basic scientific discoveries made at the laboratory bench into clinical innovations and new therapies that can help patients.
The first effort to develop a translational clinical research infrastructure was the W.W. Caruth Jr. Center for Pediatric Translational Clinical Research. The Caruth Center was initially funded in 2004 by a $5 million endowment from the W.W. Caruth Jr. Foundation. Today, The Caruth Center is the cornerstone of translational research enterprise at Children's Health.
The Caruth Center funds investigators' research based on recommendations from the Children's Health Clinical Research Advisory Committee (CCRAC), develops and implements research studies, and administers research to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations and hospital policy.