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Research for Children's Health

Yale’s outstanding doctors and scientists actively study diseases to develop new treatments for improving children’s health. Children are not small adults and medicines may act differently in their bodies. It’s important to test new treatments in children of all ages. Clinical research is the fastest and safest way to explore new therapies and find out if they work.

Innovative Research at Yale

Diabetes researchers at Yale in 1979 with the first insulin pump (from left): Robert Sherwin, MD, CNH Long Professor of Medicine and section chief, endocrinology; William Tamborlane, MD, professor of pediatrics; Myron Genel, MD, professor emeritus of pediatrics;.

Yale has a long track record of innovative research leading to better medical care for children. Research studies at Yale have led to major advances and better understanding of diseases, such as:

  • The insulin pump to treat diabetes (read story here)
  • The world’s first intensive care unit for newborns
  • The first hospital to use fetal heart monitoring
  • The first hospital-based newborn screening program for sickle cell anemia
  • Identifying Lyme disease and showing that antibiotics can effectively treat it
  • Eliminating HIV in newborns in New Haven by screening pregnant women and newborns
  • Treating HIV-positive pregnant women to prevent transmission to their newborns
  • Identifying genetic mutations associated with dyslexia
  • Testing an artificial pancreas in children with Type 1 diabetes
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