The Nicklaus Children's Research Institute is a regional leader in providing pediatric clinical research services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries and to government agencies. The program provides comprehensive support for Phase I to IV clinical studies. Over the past few years the Institute has managed concurrently more than 210 clinical investigations and medical research studies across nearly 30 subspecialties with a focus on cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, oncology and the neurosciences.

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.

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) 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 investigations sponsored primarily by the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. 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

Lean Methodology

Since 2008, Nicklaus Children's Research Institute has used Lean business improvement methodology to continuously enhance processes. This institution-wide initiative results in improved efficiencies and reduced costs that benefit patients, investigators, sponsors, clinical research organizations, and the institution as a whole.

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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.

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.