Nearly one-quarter of the U.S. population is under the age of 18. Of these 74 million people, about 1 in 5 has or is at risk of having a chronic condition that requires more medical services than average. These conditions are often carried forward into adulthood, leading to poor quality of life, increased health care expenses and shorter life expectancy.

For these children of today — the adults of tomorrow — faculty members in the Children's Research Center are investigating opportunities for preventive care, early diagnosis and intervention, and new treatments across multiple focus areas.

The Children's Research Center works closely with many groups at Mayo Clinic, including: