Nicklaus Children's Research Institute

A Leader in Pediatric Medical Research

Fully accredited by the AAHRPP and the largest provider of clinical research services for children of Latin origin in the southeastern United States

cute girl in an oversized lab coat playing with test tubes.
cute girl in an oversized lab coat playing with test tubes.

The Nicklaus Children's Research Institute is a regional leader in providing pediatric clinical research services from the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device industries, and from government agencies. The program provides comprehensive support for all types of clinical research studies, including Phase I to IV investigational drug studies. The Research Institute supports interventional research studies along with providing various types of support to over 200 more observational research studies per year across nearly 30 subspecialties with a focus on cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, neurology, neurosurgery and oncology.

The Nicklaus Children's Research Institute is the largest provider of clinical research services for children of Latin origin in the southeastern United States. It is one of few pediatric programs in the nation and the first in Florida to be fully accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP). In addition, the program is a member of the distinguished Children's Oncology Group (COG), a national research collaborative providing the latest treatments for children with cancer.

Mission Statement

The mission of Nicklaus Children's Research Institute is to improve the health of children by providing patients and healthcare professionals access to the newest innovations for the diagnosis, treatment and cure of pediatric diseases, to promote research for the advancement of science, and to generate new knowledge in child health and pediatric medicine.

Knowledgeable Research Team

Nicklaus Children's Research Institute employs knowledgeable clinical research coordinators with significant expertise and a track record in the field. Many of our research coordinators are certified by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) or the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) and all are experienced in coordinating industry-sponsored clinical research projects.

Experienced Investigators

Nicklaus Children's Research Institute is home to over 70 investigators across nearly 30 subspecialties. They are experienced in multi-site clinical research investigations. Nicklaus Children's Hospital Investigators collaborate on research studies with investigators from other children's hospitals and academic institutions from all over the country. Many investigators head research teams as principal investigators and lead sponsor-investigator studies and joint projects with academia. Nicklaus Children's Hospital investigators are knowledgeable and experienced in Phase I-IV clinical investigations in support of New Drug Applications (NDAs) and under Investigational Device Exemptions (IDEs). Their work also includes deployment of Humanitarian Use Devices (HUDs) and studies in support of orphan drug development.


  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Allergy/Immunology
  • Anesthesiology
  • Asthma Center
  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Brachial Plexus
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Craniofacial Differences
  • Cystic Fibrosis Center
  • Dental Services
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Epilepsy
  • Gastroenterology
  • Genetics
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Limb Discrepancy Surgery
  • Neonatology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Neuroradiology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Nutrition
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology (ENT)
  • Pathology
  • Pediatric Medicine
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Pulmonology
  • Radiology
  • Rheumatology
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Sleep Disorder Center  
  • Sports Medicine
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Urological Surgery

History of Research Leadership

The Nicklaus Children's Research Institute was established in 1992.

This 43,000-square-foot, three-story building houses the hospital’s Research Institute – the only facility in Florida dedicated exclusively to pediatric research. It offers robust clinical research services in support of FDA applications, government-funded research and academic projects.

Later named the George E. Batchelor Research and Academic Pavilion, the facility is devoted to research in nutrition, surgery, molecular biology, genetics, immunology and oncology. George E. Batchelor was an aviation entrepreneur and philanthropist who generously donated millions of dollars for research on children's health throughout his life before his passing in 2002. 


Principal Investigators


Medical Subspecialties Participating in Clinical Studies


Ongoing Clinical Studies
featured patient photo.
featured patient photo.

Stories to Inspire

Bruna was diagnosed with a rapidly growing brain tumor, called a ganglioglioma, when she was only three months old. Her parents worked tirelessly to find the care she needed in Bolivia where they live. Despite many obstacles, they were connected to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, where a clinical trial for ganglioglioma is underway.
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