Research & Innovation
For more than a century, orthopedic surgeons and investigators at Children’s Hospital Boston have played a vital role in advancing the field of musculoskeletal research. We’ve developed breakthrough treatments and major advances for children with lower limb and hip problems, as well as for those with scoliosis, polio, tuberculosis and traumas to the hand and upper extremities.
Our pioneering research helps answer the most pressing questions in pediatric orthopedics today—to provide children with the most innovative care available.
In Children’s Orthopedic Center we take great pride in our basic science and clinical research leaders, who are recognized throughout the world for their achievements. Our orthopedic research team includes:
- full-time basic scientists
- 28 clinical investigators
- a team of research coordinators and statisticians
Research study on club foot in preliminary data-gathering stage
At Children’s, we recognize that the critically-important bracing regimen, which lasts until a child is about 4 years old, poses significant challenges to both a child and his family. For example, a family may find their 2-year-old’s potty training and behavioral issues to be particularly stressful in light of the burdensome bracing regimen. To address that burden, Children’s researchers are initiating a research study to try to predict which children are less likely to have problems with their feet after 2 years old and can therefore reduce or discontinue their bracing programs.
Orthopedic basic science laboratories
Some of the foremost musculoskeletal researchers in the America are making new discoveries in Children’s labs, including:
- Orthopedic basic science research
- Center for the study of genetic skeletal disorders
- Sports Medicine research laboratory
- Bone cell biology laboratory
Matthew Harris lab
Children speak about what it’s like to be a medical research subject
View a video of a day in the life of Children’s Clinical and Translational Study Unit, through the eyes of children who are “giving back” to science.
|Children’s Hip Program’s unique insight and expertise|
Children’s Adolescent and Young Adult Hip Program enjoys a special degree of effectiveness—not just because of our long tradition of excellence in pediatric hip care, but also because we follow our patients through adulthood. This gives us a unique perspective, insight and expertise—we can track how the hip works in each age group, how the problems evolve, and how the hip’s function changes over time in adult patients who’ve had treatment in childhood.