The Dell Pediatric Research Institute (DPRI) is The University of Texas at Austin’s state-of-the-art medical research facility designed to advance understanding of childhood diseases and disorders and help take pediatric care in Central Texas to a new level. DPRI is located on the site of the old Robert Mueller Airport in Central Austin and next door to the Dell Children’s Medical Center.
Bench to Bedside
Faculty at DPRI conduct scientific and biomedical research and collaborate with practitioners at the Dell Children’s Medical Center and other health care facilities to translate research findings into practical applications at the clinical level. The institute’s emphasis is on translational research — translating scientific research into products, programs and treatments to improve the health of society’s youngest members.
DPRI fosters collaboration among researchers in health-related disciplines at The University of Texas at Austin and also engages the UT System’s renowned health institutions, thus bringing together cutting-edge medical expertise across the UT System. The ultimate goal is to improve children’s health in Central Texas and beyond.
Three broad research focus areas have been identified that address critical issues in maternal and child health: cancer, including pediatric and hormone-related cancers; childhood nutrition, metabolism and obesity prevention; and neurodevelopmental disorders and birth defects, including inherited metabolic diseases of childhood. In collaboration with the Dell Children’s Medical Center, the institute offers major opportunities for clinical trials, metabolic studies and technology transfer.
DPRI was created as a result of a $38 million challenge grant from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. The foundation’s commitment has inspired generous gifts from other private donors including the RGK Foundation, the Bank of America Foundation, and the Topfer Family Foundation, and a significant investment from The University of Texas.