Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI)

Scientific research is an important part of the work that goes on at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. The research arm, Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute known as CHORI, is one of the nation's top 10 pediatric research centers in terms of National Institutes of Health grantfunding.

We are proud to have a research institute of this magnitude, with a yearly institute budget of more than $47 million.

Researchers are making significant progress in such areas as diagnosing and treating pediatric cancers, sickle cell disease, AIDS and HIV, hemophilia, cystic fibrosis, developing prenatal techniques for diagnosing mental retardation and birth defects, and improving infant nutrition. Research institute efforts have led to Children's Hospital Oakland operating the only nonprofit sibling donor umbilical cord blood bank in the United States.

Volunteer lab assistants are needed regularly and students may gain valuable experience in one of CHORI's labs.

Institutional Review Board

An Institutional Review Board makes sure the rights and welfare of children participating in Children's Hospital Oakland research studies are protected. Parents must be told all they need to know to make an informed decision about whether they'd like their children to take part in Children's research projects.

CHORI Research Centers

CHORI's eight research centers are part of a comprehensive approach to pediatric research and development.
  • The Cancer Center is dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of pediatric cancers.
  • The Genetics Center seeks to better understand the genetic basis of disease, as well as how to manage and prevent these types of ailments.
  • The Immunology and Vaccine Development Center is an ongoing program that helps develop new vaccines and make them accessible to those in need.
  • The Nutrition and Metabolism Center is committed to understanding how metabolism and nutrition lead to health problems currently facing a large portion of the population.
  • The Obesity, Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes Prevention Center offers a multidisciplinary approach to health and wellness, bringing together top researchers from several different fields all working toward a common goal.
  • The Sickle Cell and Thalassemia Center operates on both a national and international level, reaching out to explore new and novel treatments that can make a real impact on global health.
  • The Newborn and Pediatric Critical Care Center is dedicated to improving how we care for critically ill infants and children. The Center initiates studies designed to improve the outcome of preemies, babies, and children with severe respiratory failure, or who have vulnerable or injured brains.
  • The Jordan Family Center for Bone Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapies Research is an endowed program focused on expanding the science of regenerative medicine. Together, experts in cell biology, medicine, and medical technology advance revolutionary therapies that use human cells to treat and cure disease.

Pediatric Clinical Research Center

Children's Pediatric Clinical Research Center acts as the medical center's hub for clinical and translational research, assisting researchers with their administrative, nursing, statistical, and laboratory needs. The center is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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