Innovations & Research
Our innovative approach
The Boston Children's Hospital Brain Center team improves care in many ways. Some changes come from our scientific research: Understanding diseases deeply—even at the genetic, cellular or molecular level—leads to new drugs and therapies. Other improvements come from moments spent at the bedside, when doctors and nurses see opportunities to enhance current treatment methods.
Innovations play a critical role in our patients' health, so we are constantly creating new ways to treat, and prevent, brain diseases and injuries and mental health conditions. An innovation may be “small,” like finding a creative way to help a young patient take her medication. Or it may be a "big" discovery that changes the entire way in which a condition affecting the brain is approached.
Pioneering Psychiatric Research
Children’s is known for pioneering some of the most effective techniques in mental health diagnosis and treatment for children, and a significant part of our success comes from our commitment to research. All our efforts focus on identifying and understanding critical problems, working to uncover answers that offer long-term solutions, and translating those answers into evidence-based clinical practice. Our goal is to reduce the burden of emotional and physical illnesses on children and their families.
One of our key areas of research is in the responses of children and their families to the psychological stresses associated with chronic illness, including cardiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease. Researchers at Children’s have developed and implemented innovative individual, family-based, and community programs for these and other conditions.
Read more about the Department of Psychiatry's research efforts.