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Research Advisory Board

Research Advisory Board

The Research Advisory Board is comprised of approximately 79 independent research bench and physician scientists. The Research Advisory Board reviews each grant or fellowship application for funding from researchers throughout the Shriners Hospitals for Children health care system. The goal of this peer-review process is to identify, through an independent evaluation and scoring process, those research projects that are of the highest quality and merit funding based on the mission of Shriners Hospitals for Children.

The Research Advisory Council is a smaller select group of approximately 11 senior bench and physician scientists from academia or industry in each specialty area/discipline. The Council meets at the home office to provide direct advice to Shriners Hospitals for Children on the most meritorious grants that will truly advance the research and education mission of Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Based upon these recommendations, the department of medical research presents the results of the Research Advisory Board and Council reviews for approval to the Clinical and Basic Research Committee. Grant funding recommendations are then presented to the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees for final approval.

Shriners Hospitals for Children funds research projects aimed at finding the causes and treatments for orthopaedic injuries and diseases, including disabling bone and joint diseases and cleft lip and palate, as well as the best treatments and rehabilitation procedures for burns, spinal cord injuries and neuromuscular disorders.

Many children have benefited substantially from the advances achieved by researchers at Shriners Hospitals for Children. The 22-facility health care system is a recognized leader in both research and treatment of pediatric orthopedics, including rare heritable bone diseases, as well as burns and spinal cord injuries.