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Dr. Esther and lab assistant in lab


The Department of Pediatrics has nationally and internationally renowned research experts in the fields of cystic fibrosis, oncology (cancer), hemophilia, sickle-cell disease, infectious diseases, genetics, neonatology, child abuse, adolescent medicine, obesity, behavioral pediatrics, endocrinology, bronchoscopy, and congenital heart disease.

Our faculty continually develops new knowledge through research, using it to understand and treat children’s illnesses. The Department is ranked 14th in the country for research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Our accomplishments and research leadership not only raises our visibility nationally but provides the faculty and staff opportunities to participate in the development of new treatments and potential cures. Most importantly, this means having the latest clinical trials available to our patients.

Each of our pediatric subspecialty divisions pages details more information about their specific research endeavors.

Toni Darville, MD
Dr. Toni Darville Vice Chair, Research

Department of Pediatrics faculty who would like individual input or consultation regarding research are invited to contact Dr. Toni Darville, the Department’s Vice Chair for Research, at Dr. Darville is a Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Microbiology/Immunology, and Chief of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Division. She leads an internationally recognized, NIH-funded basic and translational research program in chlamydial diseases. Dr. Darville is available for consultation regarding research projects and grant proposal development.

Please visit the UNC Children’s Research Institute for a full list and more information about available resources.