INFANT (Foundation for Infectious Diseases Research in Children) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2003 to develop research initiatives that translate laboratory findings into interventions with direct impact on the welfare of children.
Our basic and clinical research projects are focused in respiratory diseases in children, that constitute the main cause of winter hospitalizations in infant and young children populations in Argentina and in the world.
At INFANT we specially value the talent and potential of young researchers pursuing to be professionally trained to do science in our country.
INFANT’s director is Dr. Fernando Polack, who was a member, who until 2008 was a member of the faculty of the Departments of Pediatrics, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, and International Health at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA.
In 2009 Dr. Polack joined the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and the Vaccine Research Program at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital in Vanderbilt.
In INFANT, pediatricians and neonatologists of public and private institutions are involved in projects translating scientific findings into pediatric care in Argentina. In its short existence, our institution has made significant scientific achievements with great international recognition and major community impact.
Among these, we highlight the 2006 Young Investigator Award of the Society for Pediatric Research in USA, awarded to Dr. Polack and awards from the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Society for Microbiology and the Iberoamerican Society of Neonatology granted to three of his young fellows.
Our organization carries out scientific research projects with a network of hospitals in Buenos Aires City and the Greater Buenos Aires area, among those being Sardá Maternity, Hospital Garrahan, Berazategui Hospital, Posadas Hospital, Florencio Varela Hospital and Quilmes Hospital.