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 neurosurgical and plastic surgery researchers are making new inroads in understanding the causes and development of craniofacial disorders, paving ground for promising new treatments. Among our current research projects with promise for treating craniosynostosis are:
- Mark Proctor, MD, Children’s neurosurgeon, has authored several key papers about endoscopic approaches to the treatment of craniosynostosis. In addition, he was the lead neurosurgeon involved in developing formal parameters of care for the condition.
- John 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.
Boston Children's Hospital clinicians are noted in bold type.
Abbott MM, Rogers GF, Proctor MR, Busa K, Meara JG. The cost of treating sagittal synostosis in the first year of life: Endoscopically-assisted suturectomy and postoperative helmet therapy vs. open cranial vault remodeling. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. Accepted for publication.
Berry-Candelario J, Ridgway EB, Grondin RT, Rogers G, Proctor MR. Endoscope-Assisted Strip Craniectomy and Post-Operative Helmet Therapy for Treatment of Craniosynostosis. Neurosurgical Focus. 2011 Aug;31(2):E5.
McCarthy JG, Warren SM, Bernstein JM, Burnett W, Cunningham ML, Edmond JC, Figueroa AA, Kapp-Simon KA, Labow B, Peterson-Falzone S, Proctor M, Rubin M, Sze RW, Yemen T. Parameters of Care for Craniosynostosis. The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. 2011 Aug 17.
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.