Research & Innovation
At Children’s Hospital Boston, our care is informed by our research, and our discoveries in the laboratory strengthen the care we provide at each child's bedside. Children’s scientific research program is one of the largest and most active of any pediatric hospital in the world.
In particular, our neurosurgery, plastic and oral surgery researchers are making inroads in understanding the causes and development of craniofacial disorders and paving ground for promising new treatments.
Among our current research projects with promise for treating plagiocephaly and other craniofacial disorders are:
John G. Meara, MD, DMD, MBA, Children's plastic surgeon-in-chief, is analyzing the genetic, phenotypic, cognitive and behavioral aspects of craniosynostosis. Read more about his work.
- Bonnie Padwa, MD, PhD, Children's oral surgeon-in-chief, is assessing facial growth patterns in children with several craniofacial anomaly types. Learn more about her research.
Children’s is known for pioneering some of the most effective diagnostic tools, therapies and preventive approaches in pediatric medicine. A significant part of our success comes from our commitment to research—and to advancing the frontiers of mental health care by conducting clinical trials.
Children’s coordinates hundreds of clinical trials at any given time. Clinical trials are studies that may involve:
- evaluating the effectiveness of a new drug therapy
- testing a new diagnostic procedure or device
- examining a new treatment method for a particular condition
- taking a closer look at the causes and progression of specific diseases
While children must meet strict criteria in order to be eligible for a clinical trial, your child may be eligible to take part in a study. Before considering this option, you should be sure to:
- consult with your child’s treating physician and treatment team
- gather as much information as possible about the specific course of action outlined in the trial
- do your own research about the latest breakthroughs relating to your child’s condition
If your physician recommends that your child participate in a clinical trial, you can feel confident that the plan detailed for that study represents the best and most innovative care available. Taking part in a clinical trial at Children’s is entirely voluntary. Our team will be sure to fully address any questions you may have, and you may remove your child from the medical study at any time.
- Search current and upcoming clinical trials at Children’s
- Search the National Institutes of Health’s list of clinical trials taking place around the world
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