University of Nebraska Medical Center

Cutting-Edge Innovation and Discovery

The Child Health Research Institute is an innovative partnership between University of Nebraska Medical Center and Children’s Nebraska that was launched to change – and save – young lives.

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What We Do:

  • Promote the health and well-being of children.
  • Discover new diseases.
  • Contribute new knowledge about the mechanisms of disease.
  • Translate research into new tests and novel treatments.
  • Explore innovative approaches to disease prevention.
  • Use resources wisely through responsible stewardship.

Message from our Executive Director

As the Executive Director of the Child Health Research Institute, I am focused on building a foundation for our investigators to successfully grow research platforms, collaborate and secure extramural funding. We will disseminate the results of our efforts to the greater pediatric scientific community to improve the health of children through research innovation world-wide. Along with UNMC and Children's, our committed sponsors, the Child Health Research Institute is poised to provide every child an equal opportunity for a healthy life.

CHRI director Ann Anderson Berry, MD, PhD

A Closer Look at the Institute

Dr. Ann Anderson Berry talks about how the Child Health Research Institute empowers pediatric research.

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About the Institute

Who we are and what we are about.

Recent Member Research Successes

Dr. Sidharth Mahapatra

Report by Dr. David Doss and Dr. Sidharth Mahapatra Featured in Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology

CHRI members David Doss, MD/PhD student at Creighton University and UNMC, and Sidharth Mahapatra, MD, PhD, associate professor, Department of Pediatrics, are among the authors of a new report in Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology. The cover of the journal’s February 2024 issue features a montage of several images from their article.

Dr. Ram Subramanyan

Ram Kumar Subramanyan, MD, PhD, Implements First Ever NIH-Sponsored Stem Cell Trial for Children with HLHS Heart Disease (ELPIS) at Children's Nebraska

Ram Kumar Subramanyan, MD, PhD, chief, Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, at Children’s Nebraska and UNMC, has implemented the first National Institutes of Health-sponsored ELPIS Stem Cell Trial at Children's Nebraska. Dr. Subramanyan serves as the national trial's lead surgical advisor on the executive committee.

Rebekah Gundry, PhD; Dele Davies, MD; Ann Anderson Berry, MD, PhD; and Jeffrey Salomon, MD, celebrate research award

Dr. Rebekah Gundry and CHVR Receive NIH COBRE Award

Rebekah Gundry, PhD, director of the Center for Heart & Vascular Research (CHVR) and a member of CHRI, recently received word that the National Institutes of Health has selected her group’s application for a prestigious Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Phase 1 award. The award entails more than $11 million in funding over five years.