Centers & Programs

Many of the Department of Pediatrics faculty are active researchers with interests and areas of expertise in most of the main and multiple sub-specialty therapeutic areas. In 2013 departmental Primary Investigators received multiple new awards totaling $14,266,655. These awards for basic science projects, clinical trials and community outreach initiatives are supported by agencies including: Alex Lemonade Stand Foundation, American Heart Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Cancer Society, Amicus Therapeutics, Audentes Therapeutics, Biomarin Pharmaceutical, Cure Duchenne, Eli Lilly and Company, Florida Department of Health, Foundation for Prader-Willi Research, JAEB Center for Health Research, Muscular Dystrophy Association, National Institute Health (NIH), US Department of Defense, Sanofi, Sangamo Biosciences, and Pfizer Inc..

B.J. and Eve Wilder Center of Excellence for Epilepsy Research

The Wilder Center supports research in epilepsy and the brain science around epilepsy outside of clinical trials. The mandate of the Center is broad and essentially focuses on the interests of its members and affiliates. Presently, there are specific programs in the areas of brain dynamics and neuroimaging, but we welcome all areas of neuroscience with a connection to epilepsy. Faculty affiliates across the UF campus are always welcome.

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Center for Breastfeeding and Newborns

The Center for Breastfeeding & Newborns (CBN) is affiliated and sponsored by UF Health and the UF College of Medicine. We are a non-profit, 501 (c) 3 organization with a mission to provide support for breastfeeding families. The Center for Breastfeeding & Newborns offers specialty care that is: Family-Centered, Evidence-Based, Culturally Sensitive, Collaborative with your hospital’s lactation program and that of your personal physicians.

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Child Health Research Institute

The Child Health Research Institute is designed to promote multidisciplinary research, provide a framework for collaborative projects and enhance collaboration among and between basic science and clinical faculty within the Department of Pediatrics and across the Health Science Center. Facilitating the sharing of knowledge, expertise, and resources creates a dynamic, collegial environment that fosters innovation and promotes excellence.

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Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics (HOBI)

Our diverse, multidisciplinary faculty includes health services researchers, epidemiologists, biomedical informaticians, economists, epidemiologists, psychologists, and social scientists. They provide leadership and expertise in prevention science, health promotion, policy evaluation research, quality of care, health disparities, data analytics, and implementation science.

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Powell Gene Therapy Center

The Powell Gene Therapy Center (PGTC) at the University of Florida has been instrumental in the development of newer, safer agents for the delivery of therapeutic genes to patients with genetic diseases, such as cystic fibrosis (CF) and alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency (AAT-D).

Powell Gene Therapy Center

Powell Center for Rare Disease Research and Therapy

The University of Florida Powell Center for Rare Disease Research and Therapy is dedicated to improving the lives of those suffering from rare diseases by providing world-class medicine and groundbreaking research. Our center has developed an interdisciplinary research program that integrates clinical, translational and basic research strategies that allows us to deliver quality services with compassion and excellence.

Alzheimer's researcher Dr. Cara Croft in her lab.

Centers of Excellence

The University of Florida Department of Pediatrics hosts several centers of excellence, which are multidisciplinary clinical care centers that provide expert treatment for common, as well as rare conditions, and lead to new discoveries and improved therapy. Our centers of excellence are multidisciplinary and also include research components.

Pediatrics Clinical Trials

For those patients and families that may be interested in participating in a clinical trial, you can search the UF StudyConnect database to find a study that might be relevant to your situation.