“Scientists at the Center for Child Health are working tirelessly to ensure that no child should have to struggle to breathe, walk or play. Together, we will find answers to the most challenging health issues affecting children and families today.”— Gerald M. Loughlin, M.D., Nancy C. Paduano Professor, and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics
Physicians like Stefan Worgall, M.D., Ph.D., Distinguished Associate Professor of Pediatric Pulmonology, help children and their families cope with difficult diseases and conditions like asthma.
The new Center for Child Health is committed to finding answers to the most prevalent and daunting health issues affecting children today including leukemia, epilepsy, asthma, diabetes, autism and childhood infections. Weill Cornell researchers have already discovered new insights into the biology of the brain, which promise to lead to cell - based therapies for several common neurological disorders such as epilepsy, which afflicts about 45,000 children under the age of 15 each year. Our physician - scientists are also making breakthroughs that are leading to a better understanding of pediatric cancers, the leading cause of death by disease in U.S. children under age 15.
As part of the Discoveries Campaign, world - class pediatric specialists will be recruited to join Weill Cornell's already preeminent physician - scientists. Located in the new Belfer Research Building, they will provide hope for children and their families. Together, these physician-scientists will build on research breakthroughs already underway in pediatric cancers, obesity and diabetes, heart disease, neurological disorders and infectious diseases. With funding from the Discoveries Campaign, our Weill Cornell scientists are identifying innovative diagnostics and treatments for young cancer patients. For example, Weill Cornell scientists have pioneered landmark discoveries on the role of bone marrow - derived cells in the spread of cancer, which is transforming the study of metastatic disease.