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Academic Affiliation


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Children's Hospital Colorado, in affiliation with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has been a national center for pediatric research for more than 50 years. Our Pediatric Clinical Translational Research Center (CTRC) is one of only eight centers in the country that work exclusively in pediatric research. Our physician-scientists have pioneered seminal research in the treatment of pediatric liver disease, infectious disease and vaccines, pediatric and adolescent HIV/AIDS, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, pediatric cardiology and neonatology.

Why is this academic affiliation so important?

Children's Hospital Colorado has long been on the forefront of medical research, establishing a Research Foundation in 1953. And because Children’s campus is affiliated with, and adjacent to, the University of Colorado School of Medicine, together we have become the center of medical research in the Rocky Mountain region.

Children's Hospital Colorado and our affiliates at the University are responsible for virtually all of the pediatric research published in the Rocky Mountain region in the past decade, as well as several internationally recognized medical milestones, including the discovery of toxic shock syndrome (TSS) and development of new pediatric heart surgery techniques now used around the world.

Children’s affiliation with the University of Colorado School of Medicine means that our doctors are not only expert clinicians, but also active researchers working toward better ways to care for kids. Plus, the Anschutz Medical Campus laboratories provide close physical proximity that allows Children’s physicians to collaborate with their academic colleagues and transfer scientific discoveries into practice more quickly.

In short, your child receives world-class care at Children's Hospital Colorado because our doctors, nurses and clinical staff are also researchers at the top of their fields.