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As one of the Southeast region's leading pediatric health systems, we are committed to accelerating a healthier tomorrow for the children of Arkansas and beyond by audaciously pursuing research.

Arkansas Children's Research Institute (ACRI) is engaged in a historic expansion, integrating research and innovation across the organization, aggressively recruiting faculty (15 hired since 2021) and strategically investing in our infrastructure and operational capacity. In 2023, we increased our total research funding by 10%, securing access to four new awards from the National Institute of Health (NIH) totaling $2,405,518. Additionally, we expanded clinical trial initiatives, and our researchers contributed 296 articles to peer-reviewed scientific journals.

We were awarded $50 million of opioid settlement funds to establish the National Center for Opioid Research and Clinical Effectiveness (NCOR) on the Arkansas Children's Hospital campus, one of the nation's most ambitious research efforts dedicated to opioid impact on children. This groundbreaking center positions Arkansas as a national leader  in understanding the effects of opioids on the fetus, newborn and developing child and deployment of effective, evidence-based treatments that radically improve health and 
inform policy on a national level.

Research is the gateway to improving child health; we are proud to be leaders in this field.


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Peter Mourani, M.D.
President, Arkansas Children’s Research Institute 
Sr. Vice President & Chief Research Officer, Arkansas Children’s 
Ross and Mary Whipple Family Distinguished Research Scientist Endowed Chair in honor of Dr. Richard F. Jacobs
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences