Center for Host Defense, Inflammation, and Lung Disease


The Center for Host defense, Inflammation, and Lung Disease (CHILD) Research benefits primarily children's health and is part of the Department of Pediatrics.  Penn State CHILD Research is a collaborative alliance of basic science and clinical investigators who have united to focus on the comprehensive study of the host defense response that occurs in pulmonary and non-pulmonary disease processes.



The focus of CHILD Research is on innovative and collaborative partnerships between members of the Center, those throughout the entire Penn State University community and scientists and clinicians worldwide.  Through these affiliations, investigators focus on conducting scientific research in the fields of host defense and inflammation, with the goal of bridging the broad expanse that presently exists between basic science discoveries and the implementation of these advances into clinical practice.  Another goal is the development and assessment of innovative approaches and technologies to study disease mechanisms and deliver care to patients of all ages.  Penn State CHILD Research serves as a training ground for the basic science and clinical science investigators of tomorrow.  Joanna Floros, Ph.D., Evan Pugh Professor of Pediatrics and Obstetrics & Gynecology, is the director of the center (