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Making children healthier and happier

Pediatric research conducted at URMC has resulted in numerous advances in medicine for children around the world. URMC researchers were among the first to administer lung surfactant, a comppremature infantound which aids alveoli function, to premature infants, proving that the procedure was safe and effective. Surfactants are now routinely used around the world, and help to save the lives of some 50,000 premature infants each year. Pediatric infectious disease researchers at URMC created the Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib), which has virtually wiped out a leading cause of meningitis in preschoolers, and our researchers then used the same technology to develop Prevnar, which guards against pneumococcal bacteria. And researchers here broke ground studying the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), setting the stage for what we know about the virus today.

Today, Pediatric researchers at URMC are studying a wide variety of topics, including autism and developmental disabilities, cancer research and therapies, developmental biology, health services and prevention, infectious diseases and immunology, lung health and disease, neuromedicine, nutrition and metabolism, and renal and cardiovascular research. The Strong Children’s Research Center houses endowed summer research, year-out, and fellowship training opportunities, and Center for Pediatric Biomedical Research focuses on the childhood diseases that originate during embryonic development. Our Pediatric researchers are always eager to share their research in creative ways.