In the Children's Research Center at Mayo Clinic, physicians and scientists from a wide range of fields are working together to improve health care for newborns, children and adolescents. The center aims to ensure today's children — whether healthy or ill — become tomorrow's healthy adults.

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 the average person. These conditions are often carried forward into adulthood, leading to poor quality of life, increased health care expenses and shorter life expectancy.

For the 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.