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Pediatric Research

  • Research Expertise

    Collaboration and Scientific Investigation Improve the Health of Children Worldwide

  • Developing Vaccines and Treatments to Prevent Illness and Make Children Healthier

  • Researching Ways to Reduce Healthcare Disparities and Improve Outcomes

  • Translational Research

    Bringing Discoveries and Innovations from Bench to Bedside

  • Teaching

    Developing Future Scientists Through Mentorship, Unlocking the Potential of Our Trainees

Our research has improved the health of children. A century ago, children routinely died of infections and nutritional deficiencies. A decade ago there were few treatment options for childhood cancer, premature birth, and congenital heart or brain diseases. We have made a difference in these areas. However, our work is far from done. Our challenge now is to help our patients live healthier lives as they move into adulthood. We aim to discover how to prevent childhood diseases, limit complications from treatment, and effectively manage chronic illness. Explore our research and learn more about how we plan to improve child health through research.

Research Highlights

Grant for FASD Caregiver App

New grant allows researchers to create a mobile app for caregivers of children with FASD

Principal investigators Christie Petrenko, an FASD expert, and Cristiano Tapparello, an engineer, have won a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to support their work to develop a mobile app to provide health information for self-directed and peer-to-peer interventions for parents and caregivers of children with fetal alcohol syndrome disorders (FASD).

Researchers, engineers team up on app for caregivers facing FASD

Photo of a baby in an incubator

How can we protect the lungs of premature infants from further damage?

Michael O’Reilly PH.D., who studies the developmental origins of lung disease, hopes to pursue research on the life cycle of alveolar type II cells. In theory, the lungs of premature infants prune away too many type II cells.
“Right now, we don’t really understand the biology of that,” said O’Reilly. “But once we do, that opens the door to exploring a potential treatment.”

Infants Born Preterm May Lack Key Lung Cells Later In Life