OHSU Doernbecher's research programs bring new treatments from the research bench to patients' bedsides, and are a large part of what makes it one of the best places for pediatric care in the region. Doernbecher scientists in the Papé Family Pediatric Research Institute are making breakthroughs in dozens of areas, offering new hope to children contending with hard-to-treat illnesses. Our team at  the OHSU Stem Cell Center is making strides in developing treatments for diseases that were – until just recently – thought to be fatal.

When you support research at Doernbecher, you give families hope. Our researchers are working in the following areas:


  • Tuberculosis
  • Global health

Childhood Cancer

  • Brain tumors
  • Leukemia
  • Sarcoma

Growth and Weight

  • Appetite loss in cancer
  • Nutrition in resource-poor countries

Brain disorders

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Autism
  • Epilepsy

Stem Cell Therapy

  • Diabetes
  • Blood diseases/anemia
  • Liver failure

Gene Therapy

  • Metabolic liver diseases
  • Hereditary brain disorders
  • Genetic blood disorders

Newborn babies

  • Helping babies have healthier lungs for life