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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

FASD Intervention Study - photo of a mother holding her little boy

Pilot Study Shows Benefits to Parents and Children with FASD

Children with FASD are at risk for developing debilitating problems if their underlying disability is not recognized. The program is designed to help parents, caregivers, and teachers understand how to accommodate their child's strengths and weaknesses. Christie Petrenko, Ph.D., is the lead author of the study at Mt. Hope Family Center.

Intervention for children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders has biggest impact on parents

Flu virus

The Flu Vaccine...
Who Needs it?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers found that at least three-quarters of kids who died from influenza had not been vaccinated in the months before they got sick. And while children with asthma, developmental disorders and other conditions are at higher risk, fully half the children who died were considered healthy before they became infected.

Most Kids Who Died of Flu Weren’t Vaccinated, Study Finds

Autism Research

Area Children Benefit from National Clinical Trials

Collaborating with investigators at other universities, Tristram Smith, Ph.D., studied whether children with Autism Spectrum Disorder benefit from their parents receiving rigorous training to manage their behavior. The studies were so successful they quickly turned the research methods into clinical practice.

Plugged In: Autism Research at URMC Means Quicker Adoption of New Therapies, and Better Outcomes for Patients