Dear Colleagues,

The Research Annual Report for 2016 again focuses on a truly remarkable set of innovations and discoveries fueled by our equally remarkable faculty.

As we advance our Strategic Plan, we continue to approach our goal to lead the world in improving child health through our collaborative culture of discovery, translation, and learning. We are proud of the six breakthrough discoveries showcased in 2016. A number of other attainments also make this a record-shattering year.

Our total for extramural grants and contracts was $207 million, a 3.5 percent increase over our previous high. Cincinnati Children’s also achieved its largest single research grant, the $32.5 million Bench to Bassinet data coordinating center with co-PIs from Biostatistics and Epidemiology (Eileen King, PhD) and Biomedical Informatics (Peter White, PhD). This work resulted in a very competitive template that underpins future collaborative proposals in this arena as well. Yet it is worth emphasizing that these attainments represent just a portion of the high-impact research happening at Cincinnati Children’s. Very few pediatric medical centers can match this level of excitement, collaboration, and productivity.

The content of this report also outlines many other ways in which Cincinnati Children’s supports our mission to improve child health through scientific discovery. A wide variety of internally funded pilot programs to nurture emerging innovations are in place from residency through fellowship and junior faculty positions to the most senior ranks of our faculty. We invest in more than 20 research core facilities to make the very best technology available. Recruitments of young faculty with high potential and of senior leaders as division directors continue to build the strengths of our faculty.

Our ability to invest in outstanding people and our long track record of collaboration have positioned Cincinnati Children’s to be a significant force in the emerging world of team science. We continue to forge new partnerships with other leading pediatric institutions and to deliver on our promise to make bold progress against the greatest challenges in child health.

Margaret K. Hostetter, MD
B.K. Rachford Professor
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Director, Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation
Chief Medical Officer
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center