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Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) is a global leader in pediatric health research.

  • There are 34 open clinical trials in the Department of Pediatrics.
  • WCM pediatrics faculty had 150 book chapters and articles published in peer-reviewed journals in 2017.
  • 25 National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards were granted to 13 WCM pediatrics researchers between July 2017 and April 2018.

Children’s Health Investigators Fund Recipients 

Each year, the Investigators Fund awards seed money to support three projects, providing early-career investigators with the resources needed to establish preliminary research results essential to qualify for substantial grants from the NIH. Below are the research projects the Investigators Fund has made possible.

Shannon Bennett, PhD

Shannon Bennett, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry

Avital Falk, PhD

Avital Falk, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry

Faith Gunning, PhD

Faith Gunning, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry
Vice Chair of Research and Psychology, Department of Psychology

Rebecca Jones, PhD '12

Rebecca Jones, PhD '12

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience in Psychiatry

Conor Liston, MD, PhD '08

Conor Liston, MD, PhD '08

Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Feel Family Brain & Mind Institute
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Drs. Shannon Bennett, Avital Falk, Faith Gunning, Rebecca Jones and Conor Liston are bringing precision medicine to the treatment of anxiety and depression in youth. In partnership with The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the researchers use brain connectivity patterns to personalize app-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for adolescents. The team uses brain imaging to better understand whose symptoms improve with app-based CBT and whose persist. 


Amy Tsou, MD, PhD

Amy Tsou, MD, PhD

Instructor in Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Tsou’s research is focused on understanding how intestinal bacteria and the nervous system interact with the immune system, and how these interactions influence intestinal inflammation in Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBD). The research aims to shed light on the factors underlying the initiation and perpetuation of IBD as well as identifying new classes of therapeutics --either microbial or small molecule in nature – which can influence the course of IBD. The ultimate goal of their work is to apply our knowledge towards the development of the next-generation of therapies for patients suffering from IBD.


Perdita Permaul, MD

Perdita Permaul, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Dr. Perdita Permaul is the principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) K23 funded research project evaluating the role that body mass index (BMI) plays in the relationship between inflammation and asthma morbidity in an established cohort of urban children with asthma, enrolled in the parent NIAID/NIH funded School Inner-City Asthma Study. Through epidemiological, clinical and translational research methods, the data collected will reveal potential biomarkers linking obesity and asthma, thereby providing better insight into the connection between these two chronic diseases. 


Melody Zeng, PhD

Melody Zeng, PhD

Assistant Professor of Immunology in Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics and Drukier Institute for Children’s Health

The primary focus of research in Dr. Zeng’s laboratory is to study how gut immune cells and bacteria interact at the maternal-fetal/neonatal interface in the context of pediatric inflammatory diseases. The goal of the research is to develop strategies to use beneficial gut bacteria as candidates for maternal vaccinations to help protect babies from dysregulated inflammation that could lead to autoinflammatory diseases.

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