Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma Launches $100,000 Research Grant

Interested Applicants Must Submit a Letter of Intent by June 30, 2018

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (June 6, 2018) – The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma has announced the availability of research funds to support its mission to discover and share the best ways to prevent and treat severe injuries in children throughout the United States. Interested applicants must submit a letter of intent by June 30, 2018, and guidelines are available at

“The Childress Institute is committed to funding research that can improve care for children across America,” said the Childress Institute’s Executive Director Bob Gfeller. “There aren’t enough funding sources for pediatric trauma research, yet it’s the number one killer of kids in the U.S., more than all other causes combined. The results of this funded research can help save injured kids, no matter where they get treated.”

The grant will provide support for investigator-initiated research projects, pilot research or feasibility studies. High-risk, high-return research is strongly encouraged. New investigators are especially encouraged to apply. Notice of award will be made on December 1, 2018, and funding will begin no earlier than January 1, 2019.

The 2017 recipient of funds was Dr. Vincent Duron, the Director of Pediatric Surgical Critical Care at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at Columbia University Medical Center. His research project received a $100,000 grant based on its overall impact to enhance standard pediatric trauma care practices by studying the effects of restricted fluid management on seriously injured children.

“Results from our research will help improve care of the sickest pediatric trauma patients throughout the country,” said Dr. Duron. “By demonstrating which fluid management strategy most effectively decreases complications and improves outcomes in critically ill pediatric trauma patients, we will have the evidence required to implement this management strategy in pediatric ICUs of all levels of care. The Childress Institute grant award provides us with the opportunity to coordinate findings from multiple pediatric trauma centers around the country, which will give us the most accurate and reproducible results possible.”

Previous grants were awarded to pediatric trauma leaders Dr. Frederick Rivara at the University of Washington in Seattle and Dr. Lawrence Cook at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

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About the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma

Life threatening injury is the No. 1 killer of kids in America. Nearly 10,000 children lose their lives every year from serious injuries. In addition, almost 300,000 children are hospitalized and over 8 million children are treated in the emergency department for serious injuries each year, many of whom struggle with long-term recoveries and disabilities. It can happen anywhere, at any time, to any child. The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma discovers and shares the best ways to prevent and treat severe injuries in children. The Institute funds research, education and advocacy to help improve the care and treatment injured kids receive across the U.S. The Childress Institute was founded at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in 2008 through a generous gift from Richard and Judy Childress. Visit to learn more.