The Pediatric Critical Care Program focuses on developing research that links pediatric critical care medicine and science to the epidemiology, prevention, and treatment of serious childhood injury and critical illness. The program supports competitive investigator-initiated research on all aspects of pediatric critical care medicine, with a special interest in multi-organ dysfunction syndrome, sepsis, traumatic brain injury, and acute lung injury.
A wide range of research approaches are supported including, but not limited to basic science projects aimed at better delineating the pathophysiology of critical illness, small and large scale epidemiology and outcome studies, translational work, and large-scale clinical trials.
The scope of interest of the Pediatric Critical Care Program ranges across the complete continuum of care including research on prevention, acute care and treatment, early stage acute rehabilitation, and end-of-life issues, including palliative care and bereavement support as they pertain to pediatric critical illness.
In addition to investigator-initiated research, the Pediatric Critical Care Program also supports a number of research training programs, including the Pediatric Critical Care and Trauma Scientist Development Program, a national faculty training and career development program that develops successful pediatric critical care and trauma physician scientists who conduct research to enhance the scientific understanding, clinical management, and rehabilitation of pediatric trauma and critical illness.
The program also supports the Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network, which serves as a national resource for studying the scientific bases of pediatric critical care medicine.