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Department of Pediatrics Research

While MUSC Children's Hospital has made great progress in caring for our children, the health and safety of too many are still at risk. That's why our work continually must be fortified through new ideas and innovations in medicine and technology - and why we've taken our commitment to children to the next level, with a world-class research institute.

Research Programs

Charles P. Darby Children's Research Institute

The Darby Children's Research Institute enables MUSC Children's Hospital to provide its young patients with the best facilities, the best doctors and an unprecedented level of care. The Darby Children's Research Institute is the largest and most comprehensive pediatric research facility in the Carolinas. It is one of 15 buildings in the country dedicated to children's research.

Inside the Darby Children's Research Institute

Mission/Vision

Our mission is to improve the lives of children, their families and communities by conducting high quality children's research by training superior physicians and scientists, and by fostering innovation through the sciences of discovery and application.

Our vision is to be a leading regional, national and international resource in children's research.

Our goals, in support of the Darby Children's Research Institute mission and vision, are to:

  • Empower talented MUSC scientists, physician researchers, and practitioners to improve child and adolescent health;
  • Promote inclusiveness and collaboration;
  • Identify and enable established investigators;
  • Identify and enable young or new investigators;
  • Increase and diversify funding for research; and
  • Optimize use of research space.

These goals will enable multidisciplinary and collaborative groups of scientists to employ innovative research strategies. Importantly, the DCRI will allow MUSC to attract and retain a critical mass of talented investigators.

The specific strategies are as follows:

  • 'Mine' MUSC for researchers in child and adolescent health, and identify strategic research priorities within current excellent programs in neuroscience, cardiobiology, nutrition and obesity, stem cell biology and cellular transplantation, genetic disorders, inflammation and organ protection, and pulmonary biology.
  • Promote professional growth and productivity of investigators. Using current successful programs as models of excellence, DCRI will harvest the intellectual capital and collective wisdom of the faculty to manage through participation, goal setting, and feedback.
  • Enhance research productivity and significantly improve the ranking among US research programs. DCRI will make optimal use of research space by assigning it to scientists that facilitate integration and cooperation within the Institute and at MUSC.
  • Strongly support chairs to retain and recruit well-funded scientists who are conducting basic and applied children's research.
  • Increase and diversify external funding to support the research mission. DCRI will establish long-term partnerships with federal and state funding agencies, private foundations, and Industry.

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Please check back in January for registration for our March 24, 2017 DCRI and Pediatric Research Day!