Division of Developmental Medicine
Who we are
The Division of Developmental Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital seeks to enhance the lives of children and families by:
Clinical Practice: Advance care through early diagnosis and evidence-based protocols geared to specific disorders in order to maximize the quality of children's lives.
Conducting Research: Advance research in the causes, diagnosis and ultimately, treatment of developmental disorders through multi-disciplinary collaborations and a focus on translational research.
Training: Through a program that combines cutting edge clinical and research components train future leaders and clinicians in the field of developmental medicine.
Community Outreach: Leveraging the resources of the division to expand the capacity of pediatricians, teachers, and parents as they serve developmentally challenged children within the community.
In the spotlight
Featured research: Functional MRI
One research method used in the Division of Developmental Medicine's Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience is functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), a non-invasive research tools that allows the investigation of brain correlates of behavior in children with and without developmental disorders.
We are currently investigating whether this technique may be useful for the early detection of children at risk for developmental dyslexia.
Learn more about this work.
Learn more about Developmental Medicine research at Children's.
Down Syndrome Program Speaker Series
Looking for answers on autism
Chance to dance
Discover: Developmental Medicine
Although behavioral studies clearly indicate that exposure to drugs, alcohol and tobacco in utero is bad for a baby's developing brain, specific anatomic brain effects have been hard to tease out in humans. Often users don't limit themselves to one substance, and demographic factors like poverty can also influence brain development.