Center for Clinical and Translational Research

The Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) plays an integral role in transforming scientific discoveries into real-world therapies that prevent and treat childhood illness and improve the quality of children’s daily lives. Learn more about the CCTR.

Programs and Resources for Researchers

CCTR’s programs, facilities and services help ensure researchers within the center – and throughout Children’s – have the means and the opportunity to conduct safe, efficient, and ethical research involving children.

Featured Research

Could our research help find a cure for hepatitis C in as little as five years?

Dr. Karen Murray talks about research underway at focused on the genetic and infectious causes of life-threatening pediatric liver disease. Watch the video to learn more.

Better Care for Soft Tissue Cancer

A study led by Dr. Doug Hawkins shows that a new chemotherapy protocol greatly reduces side effects for patients with rhabdomyosarcoma. Read more.

  • Standardizing Appendicitis Care

    Our surgeons helped create new guidelines to improve diagnosis and treatment for hundreds of children across Washington every year.


Participants in clinical studies can play a more active role in their own healthcare, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available and help others by contributing to medical research. Learn more about clinical trials and research programs in the CCTR.

Watch this video to learn more about the integration of research and clinical care at Seattle Children's.


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In the News

  • Dye derived from scorpion venom will target brain cancer in kids
    06.03.2015 – The Seattle Times
    A dye derived from scorpion venom that lights up cancer cells so surgeons can see and remove deadly brain tumors will be tested for the first time in children. Dr. Sarah Leary is the principal investigator for the trial. The move follows FDA approval last fall of the first U.S. clinical trial of the drug pioneered by Dr. Jim Olson.
  • Cystic Fibrosis Medicine Study Offers Hope
    05.26.2015 – WebMD
    A new combination of medications can successfully treat the underlying cause of the most common form of cystic fibrosis. Dr. Bonnie Ramsey was one of four lead authors on the trial.
  • Doctor and patient ‘Brave the Shave’
    03.19.2015 – KING 5 News
    Dr. Doug Hawkins agreed to change his appearance and go bald like many of the cancer patients he treats to raise money for childhood cancer research.
  • 3-D printed heart helps Seattle Children’s patient
    02.24.2015 – KOMO News
    Surgeons at Seattle Children’s and the University of Washington printed a flexible, 3-D copy of woman’s heart in the hopes that it will give them insights into how best to tackle an upcoming pacemaker surgery. Dr. Stephen Seslar is featured in this article.
  • Seattle researchers’ groundbreaking work to detect, prevent SIDS
    02.02.2015 – KIRO TV
    Our scientists are motivated to find out why these babies are dying from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). “It's probably the greatest medical mystery,” said Dr. Daniel Rubens.
  • Lack of Sleep, Parents’ Anxiety May Affect Kids’ Pain After Surgery
    01.02.2014 – Fox News
    Children who didn’t sleep well leading up to a scheduled surgery, or whose parents made a big deal of the pain the child would feel, did turn out to have worse pain after surgery, according to a new U.S. study. The authors say theirs is the first study to look at both parents’ and children’s psychological factors before and after surgery that may influence pain, and it may lead to interventions that help kids who are prone to post-surgical pain. Dr. Jennifer Rabbitts is the lead author for the study.
  • Teaching Young Patients How to Quiet Their Tics
    12.10.14 – KING 5 News
    Seattle Children's has a one-of-a kind program in the state that's showing results in treating Tourette's syndrome.
  • Act Now to Protect Your Family From the Seasonal Flu
    12.5.2014 – On The Pulse
    If you haven’t already, it’s time to start thinking about seasonal influenza, or the flu, and the important steps you should take to protect your child. Dr. Matthew Kronman explains the importance of flu vaccinations.