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2012 Academic Annual Report



See how work we are doing today will improve the practice of pediatric healthcare tomorrow.

We’re discovering the cures of tomorrow. Read about what we accomplished.

Making the scientific discoveries that improve children’s lives.

Best of 2012

  • Nailing Difficult Diagnoses

    Our Immunology Diagnostic Laboratory develops tests – and makes difficult diagnoses – that help children with immune disorders lead longer, healthier lives. ... cont.

  • The Gift of a Life Without a Shunt

    Seattle Children’s is among the first to offer a surgical treatment that gives children with hydrocephalus the hope of a life free from the burden of a shunt.... cont.

More Best of 2012

Research on the Rise

  • Families Fuel Discovery

    Many rare and devastating diseases lack effective treatments or cures. The faith, funds and passion of families of our patients jump-start the search for answers that will help seriously ill children lead healthier lives. ... cont.

  • Harnessing the Power of Research

    A new initiative aims to bring research to more children at the site of care – a bold step to improve outcomes by inspiring more collaboration between clinicians and scientists. ... cont.

AAR 2012 Research Graph

Inquiry in Action

  • Clues to Brain Growth Found

    The discovery of mutations in genes that help regulate brain growth could lead to better treatments for brain disorders and other conditions, including cancer, autism and epilepsy.

  • Making the Smartphone Smarter

    A novel mobile phone app being developed at Seattle Children’s and the University of Washington may transform care for patients with chronic lung diseases.

  • Spearheading New Cancer Therapy

    Seattle Children’s takes a step toward revolutionizing the way cancer is treated with the hospital’s first reprogrammed T cell immunotherapy trial for relapsed leukemia.

  • Why Pain Meds Make Some Kids Sick

    A genetic variation in a regulatory protein may predispose children to side effects from opioids – a finding that may change how pain meds are prescribed.