The Child Health Committee works to foster the development of programs, resources, and strategies that support innovative and collaborative research to improve the health and wellbeing of children. The committee works across Harvard University, its affiliated institutions, and the national Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Consortium, a network of centers funding by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).
Paramount to the initiative’s mission is to build capacity among Harvard University’s child health community to conduct innovative clinical and translational research across the life course.
To achieve our mission, the Child Health Committee works in partnership with Harvard Catalyst programs and resources and Harvard-affiliated institutions to identify and promote strategies that effectively address the unique needs of child health researchers. Efforts include convening the child health research community across affiliate institutions to encourage and support development of the best possible team science and awarding pilot funding to child health researchers for innovative clinical and translation research projects. A further programmatic goal is to encourage the inclusion of children as a key population to consider across Harvard Catalyst programs and resources, particularly those that optimize transfer of knowledge from clinical and translational science laboratories into the development, testing, and adoption of innovative screening tools, diagnostics, and therapeutics.