Our research mission is to advance scientific understanding of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases that impact children and translate these advances into improved health care for children.

Julie C. Lumeng, MDJulie C. Lumeng, MD Associate Chair for Research

Faculty in the Department contribute to this mission by performing research along the entire spectrum of clinical and translational research – from basic scientific discovery in the laboratory, community and clinic to the translation of these discoveries to patients and to practice.   

In 2017, Department Faculty published over 600 publications and were supported by over $26 million in research awards from foundations and federal agencies such as the NIH.  This represents the third largest research award portfolio in the University of Michigan Medical School.  The Department consistently ranks in the top Pediatric Departments nationally in terms of NIH funding. 

The Department has a strong support system for researchers at all levels with a particular emphasis on training and mentoring junior faculty interested in academic pediatric careers. These include a wide range of intramural pilot and feasibility grants, core research facilities for both basic and clinical research, grant review programs for those new to grant writing, and a full time staff dedicated to grant preparation and post-award management.