Research Horizons


Welcome to the Research Horizons blog!

From this blog, you will learn more about the passion for discovery that drives innovation and research at Cincinnati Children’s.

We are a force in pediatric health science and a leader in pursuing deeper understanding of human development and disease formation. We are one of the world’s largest pediatric research centers—with more than 900 faculty scientists and more than $200 million in annual external funding. And we are driven by a singular mission: to improve outcomes, together.

We believe in science, compassion, and collaboration. We look forward to sharing this blog as a platform for learning about the latest discoveries from our Research Foundation and much more.

  • Findings: The latest news about the highest impact findings published by researchers here, plus ways to learn more about related databases, biobanks and other research tools.
  • Features: In-depth, behind-the-scenes, and personal stories about how experts here collaborate to achieve scientific breakthroughs.
  • Announcements: Updates about new and growing programs, major appointments, leadership news, special events, and more.
  • Learning and Networking: Opportunities to meet faculty at top conferences, the best of our CME video lectures, plus information about training programs and science careers at Cincinnati Children’s.

Our new blog is an extension and evolution of our Research Horizons magazine, which has been published in print form since 2003. More than 25,000 pediatric specialists, scientists, and other professionals read this magazine.

With the addition of the blog, we offer a digital platform that can accommodate video, audio, animation, and other digital content. We believe the blog will be a useful tool for established scientists, aspiring students, health-science advocates, foundations, philanthropists and others to find each other, engage, and collaborate to improve outcomes for children.

We encourage you to share the stories you find here as far and wide as you see fit.


Like discovery itself, this blog is and will remain a work in progress. We expect the content shared here to become ever more relevant to its readers.

Blog posts will be written by staff communicators at Cincinnati Children’s, contributing science writers and a variety of experts in their fields.  All items will be reviewed and approved by the blog editor before posting.

However, views expressed in blog posts represent individual perspectives, not the views of Cincinnati Children’s. None of the material posted here should be interpreted as medical advice, nor as any form of commercial endorsement.

This blog’s content is open to the public. Please refrain from submitting information that could be considered confidential, private or offensive. The blog editor will remove materials that are offensive, disrespectful or irrelevant.

Feedback, story ideas, and other thoughts can be delivered by email to Responses will be prompt.


Cincinnati Children’s traces its roots back to a three-bedroom house converted into a hospital in 1884. The Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation – the medical center’s research arm – began in 1931 thanks to an endowment from William Cooper Procter, then chairman of the hospital’s board of trustees and grandson of William Procter, the co-founder of Procter & Gamble Co.

From Albert Sabin’s oral polio vaccine, to developing the first heart-lung machine, to a litany of other significant discoveries, Cincinnati Children’s has been a leader in medical innovation for more than 80 years.

Our research enterprise has grown to include more than 1.4 million square feet of lab space and core scientific services. Our facilities provide transgenic mouse models, high-throughput DNA analysis, biomedical informatics, a pluripotent stem cell facility, viral vector development, and much more.

Now, scientists here publish more than 2,000 peer-reviewed research papers a year.


With that kind of volume, you can expect there will be plenty to learn about. So please explore the features of this blog, check out the related content, learn more about our research programs, and when you see a story that fascinates you, don’t hesitate to share it!

—Posted by Tim Bonfield

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