UCSD ranks #1 in the nation in NIH funding per faculty member, and is home to 66 members of the prestigious National Academies of Science.  The greater San Diego biomedical research community includes the famed Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Scripps Research Institute, Burnham Institute for Medical Research, La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology, Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies and over 500 biotechnology companies involved in research and development.  Our program allows fellows frequent direct interaction with leading academic pediatricians and scientists for perspective, inspiration and guidance toward successfully launching their academic careers.

Our fellows have a minimum of 12 months protected research time (no call during research blocks).  Most of our fellows pursue clinical research, both prospective and retrospective studies.

Research Curriculum:

  • Monthly Research Meetings
  • Assigned Research Mentor
  • Research Bootcamp
    • Stats 101
    • Study Design, IRB Development
    • Database Creation (RedCap)
    • Manuscript Development
  • Monthly Journal Club

Research Timeline:

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Current Studies:

  • Prospective study looking at ddimer trends in moderate to severe traumatic brain injury
  • Prospective study comparing accuracy of central venous pressure monitoring in upper extremity peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) to subclavian and internal jugular central venous lines
  • Prospective study looking at the utility of whole genome sequencing in the PICU
  • Prospective study comparing patients with septic shock to Kawasaki shock syndrome
  • Prospective study looking at thromboelastography (TEG) in traumatic brain injury
  • Retrospective study looking at traumatic cerebral contusions and volumetric analysis of contusions over time
  • Retrospective analysis of low stretch, high frequency and high PEEP ventilation strategy in ARDS
  • Retrospective analysis of complex febrile seizures admitted to the PICU