Research

Opportunities for patients to participate in research

Through support from generous donors, The Department of Pediatrics at Washington University, and the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation we are able to provide a number of research opportunities for our patients. Patients and their families have the opportunities to enroll in studies focused on identifying genetic causes of their disease, a better understanding of immune deficiencies including newborn screening, as well as clinical trials for the treatment of primary immunodeficiency including serving as a center for the Primary Immune Deficiency Treatment Consortium https://www.rarediseasesnetwork.org/cms/pidtc/. We have a dedicated research team that can discuss these opportunities with you at your clinic visit.

Our Jeffrey Modell Diagnostic and Research Center for Primary Immunodeficiencies at St. Louis Children’s Hospital

We are proud to be a designated Jeffrey Modell Diagnostic and Research Center for Primary Immunodeficiencies. Led by Washington University physician Megan Cooper, MD, PhD, this Center provides resources to investigate the genetic causes of pediatric immunodeficiencies and educate our patients and local physicians.

Recent research discoveries

Some recent highlights from our group:
Scientists discover rare genetic condition that attacks kids’ immune systems
COVID-19 study looks at genetics of healthy people who develop severe illness

Supporting physician-scientists

Working with physicians and scientists at Washington University School of Medicine, our students, residents, and fellows have the opportunity to participate and lead cutting-edge research focused on the human immune system and primary immunodeficiency. Each year a Fellow in the field of Immunology is honored with the David Gilstrap Award. David was an infant who was treated at St. Louis Children’s Hospital by the Washington University Immunology team more than 20 years ago. This generous award was established by David’s family to honor his memory, and as a way to advance our understanding of primary immunodeficiency.

David Gilstrap Award Winners

2001 – Fei F. Shih, MD, PhD – Rheumatology
2002 – Lara Danziger-Isakov, MD – Infectious Diseases
2003 – William J. Grossman, MD, PhD – Hematology/Oncology
2004 – James W. Verbsky, MD, PhD – Rheumatology
2005 – Ben Thatayatikom, MD – Rheumatology
2006 – Celeste Morley, MD, PhD – Infectious Diseases
2007 – Megan A. Cooper, MD, PhD – Rheumatology
2008 – Jeffrey J. Bednarski, MD, PhD – Hematology/Oncology
2009 – Laura Schuettpelz, MD, PhD – Hematology/Oncology
2010 – Bradley Ornstein, MD – Rheumatology/Infectious Diseases
2011 – Sydney A. Leibel, MD – Allergy
2012 – Alexander Ngwube, MD – Hematology/Oncology
2013 – Maleewan Kitcharoensakkul, MD – Rheumatology/Allergy
2014 – Angela Herman, MD – Hematology/Oncology
2015 – Tiphanie Vogel, MD, PhD – Rheumatology
2016 – Ashley Steed, MD, PhD – Critical Care
2017 – Sima Bhatt, MD – Hematology/Oncology
2018 – Aaron Ver Heul, MD, PhD – Allergy
2019 – Erica G. Schmitt, MD, PhD – Rheumatology
2020 – Julia Warren, MD, PhD – Hematology/Oncology
2021 – Tarin Bigley, MD, PhD – Rheumatology