Spinal Program | Research and Innovation

Boston Children’s Spinal Program is part of many international study groups, including the Cervical Spine Research Society, Growing Spine Study Group/Growing Spine Foundation, Children’s Spine Foundation, and Harms Study Group. Physicians in the Spinal Program are active in several areas of ongoing basic and clinical research based at Children’s and the Harvard Orthopaedics Biomechanics Laboratory. Research topics include:

  • congenital scoliosis and idiopathic scoliosis
  • spondylolisthesis and spondylolysis
  • bone density studies of braced patients
  • in vitro mechanical testing of lumbosacral fixation devices
  • computer-assisted strength analysis of vertebral metastases
  • blood loss conservation during scoliosis surgery
  • pain management for spinal surgery

Clinical Effectiveness Research Center

Research within the Spinal Program is assisted by the Clinical Effectiveness Research Center (CERC), which helps coordinate the research and clinical trials that improve the lives of children with musculoskeletal disorders. This collaborative clinical research program is unique in the nation and plays a key part in establishing — for the first time —evidence-based standards of care for pediatric orthopedic patients throughout the world.