Discovery Portal Invites Visitors to Explore Extraordinary Pediatric Research

Seattle Children’s Research Institute is hosting an open house for its new visitor center showcasing research for life-saving cures and advances in pediatrics.

Seattle Children’s Research Institute is home to some of the world’s most inventive and successful pediatric researchers, who work every day to find lifesaving cures and address health issues that affect children around the world.

This institute has opened its Discovery Portal visitor center, a place for the community, patients and donors to experience how researchers are making a difference for children in Seattle and around the globe. The new visitor center showcases research for life-saving cures and advances in pediatric research.

Kid-friendly interactive exhibits

The exhibits are meant to engage both adults and children in the scientific research that happens at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. One of the primary goals of the space is to inspire children to learn about potential careers in healthcare and science.

Visitors to the Discovery Portal play an interactive game about what tools and groundbreaking technologies support Seattle Children’s research.

The Remarkable People exhibit introduces visitors to inspiring researchers, staff, patients, families and donors. The display highlights different paths that led providers and scientists to medical research, and they offer advice to young people interested in pursuing STEM careers.

At the Revolutionary Science exhibit, visitors can play an interactive game and learn what tools and groundbreaking technologies support Seattle Children’s research.

The Future Starts Here exhibit, a colorful display modeled to echo the periodic table of the elements, features major milestones and medical devices invented by Seattle Children’s doctors and researchers.

Talk science with scientists

Visitors to the open house on Jan. 15 will have the opportunity to chat with some of the researchers featured in the Discovery Portal who work in a broad range of specialties:

  • Dr. David Beier studies genes that contribute to human disease and developmental abnormalities.
  • Dr. Susan Ferguson is a neuroscientist who studies reward and addiction pathways in the brain.
  • Dr. Rebecca Gardner studies the use of immunotherapy to treat pediatric leukemia and lymphoma.
  • Dr. Franck Kalume studies the mechanisms that drive epilepsy and related conditions.
  • Dr. Phil Morgan studies how patients with mitochondrial disease respond to anesthesia.
  • Dr. Nino Ramirez studies how neurons form into networks that direct the brain and body.
  • Dr. Andrew Scharenberg studies how to increase the efficiency and safety of gene editing.

When to visit the Discovery Portal

Visit the exhibit Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.—4:30 p.m. The Discovery Portal may occasionally be closed for private tours or events. Email [email protected] or call 206-884-7834 at least one business day before your visit to confirm it will be open.