Childrens National Health System

Childrens National Health System

Children’s National Medical Center is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the metropolitan Washington area and is the only freestanding children’s hospital between Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Norfolk, and Atlanta. Serving the nation’s children for 140 years, Children’s National is a proven leader in the development and application of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury.

Children’s internationally recognized team of pediatric healthcare professionals care for more than 360,000 patients each year who come from throughout the region, nation and world. Serving as an advocate for all children, Children’s is the largest non-governmental provider of pediatric care in the District of Columbia, providing more than $50 million in uncompensated care. In addition, Children's serves as the regional referral center for pediatric emergency, trauma, cancer, cardiac and critical care as well as neonatology, orthopaedic surgery, neurology, and neurosurgery.

111 Michigan Ave., N.W
DC 20010
United States of America




Avital Cnaan Avital Cnaan

Avital earned her PhD in Statistics at Carnegie-Mellon University. She has specialized in clinical research and particularly in multi-center clinical trials. She is the Director of the Coordinating Center of the Cooperative International Neuromuscular Research Group (CINRG) , a network of more than 20 clinical sites focusing on improving the quality of life of patients with neuromuscular diseases and their families via research. She has also directed clinical trials coordinating centers in epilepsy, premature infants and other diseases.

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Ed Connor Ed Connor

As previous Chief Medical Officer of MedImmune (1993-2008) Ed has extensive experience in clinical trials (maternal AIDS transmission) and drug development (Synergis, Flumist, others), including shepherding of complex protocols through FDA. He has joined Children's National Medical Center recently as Director in the Office of Investigational Therapeutics and is up to speed on DMD clinical trial development; he is an outstanding resource for the neuromuscular community.

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Kanneboyina Nagaraju (Raju) Kanneboyina Nagaraju (Raju)

Kanneboyina Nagaraju, DVM, PhD is a principal investigator at the Research Center for Genetic Medicine, Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) and a tenured associate professor of Integrative Systems Biology and Pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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Christopher Spurney

“The TACT process was extremely beneficial. It was timely, fair and well organized. The TACT committee provided experts from multiple fields and each provided unique insight on the proposal. We received a breadth of comments that will strengthen our proposal. In its entirety, the TACT review likely will save us over a year's time in moving our clinical protocol forward. I highly recommend the TACT committee.”

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