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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

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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

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