Spinal Program Research and Innovations

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For more than a century, orthopedic surgeons and investigators at Boston Children's Hospital have played a vital role in the field of musculoskeletal research, pioneering treatment approaches and major advances in the care and treatment of ailments such as scoliosis, polio, tuberculosis, hip dysplasias and traumas to the hand and upper extremities.

Our pioneering research helps answer the most pressing questions in pediatric orthopedics today—providing children with the most innovative care available.

The Orthopedic Center takes great pride in our basic science and clinical research leaders, who are recognized throughout the world for their respective achievements. Our orthopedic research team includes

   •    eight full-time basic scientists
   •    37 clinical investigators
   •    a team of research coordinators and statisticians

Clinical Effectiveness Research Center

The Clinical Effectiveness Research Center (CERC) helps coordinate research and clinical trials to improve the quality of life for children with musculoskeletal disorders. This collaborative clinical research program is unique in the nation and plays an instrumental role in establishing—for the first time—evidence-based standards of care for pediatric orthopedic patients throughout the world.

Major areas of focus for the CERC include

   •    brachial plexus birth palsy research
   •    hip disorders research
   •    spinal disorders research
   •    trauma/fractures research
   •    upper extremity disorders research

Orthopedic Basic Science Laboratories

Working in our basic science laboratories are some of the leading musculoskeletal researchers in the nation. Our orthopedic labs include

   •    orthopedic basic science research
   •    center for the study of genetic skeletal disorders
   •    sports medicine research laboratory
   •    Matthew Harris laboratory

Spinal Program

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

Read more about the Spinal Program's ongoing clinical studies.

The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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