Dr. Toni Darville
Dr. Toni Darville

The Department of Pediatrics has nationally and internationally renowned research experts in the fields of cystic fibrosis, oncology (cancer), hemophilia, sickle-cell disease, infectious diseases, genetics, neonatology, child abuse, adolescent medicine, obesity, behavioral pediatrics, endocrinology, bronchoscopy, and congenital heart disease.

Our faculty continually develops new knowledge through research, using it to understand and treat children’s illnesses. The Department is ranked 14th in the country for research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Our accomplishments and research leadership not only raises our visibility nationally but provides the faculty and staff opportunities to participate in the development of new treatments and potential cures. Most importantly, this means having the latest clinical trials available to our patients.

Each of our pediatric subspecialty divisions’ pages details more information about their specific research endeavors

Department of Pediatrics faculty who would like individual input or consultation regarding research are invited to contact Dr. Toni Darville, the Department’s Vice Chair for Research, at lad@email.unc.edu. Dr. Darville is a Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Microbiology/Immunology, and Chief of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Division. Dr. Darville is available for consultation regarding research project and grant proposal development.



Information on the research faculty at the Children’s Research Institute, including publications and research profiles.


PIF-MIF is an initiative to “Move forward” the research endeavors of UNC Department of Pediatrics faculty and fellows by connecting them with successful scientists at UNC and in the Research Triangle who are willing to “pay it forward” by providing advice and constructive criticism.

Biostatistical Resources

High-quality research requires high-quality study design, biostatistics and data management.   A list of the on-campus options for accessing biostatistical advice and support appear to the left. In some cases, this may be associated with costs.