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Research & Innovation

For more than 100 years, the orthopedic surgeons and researchers at Children’s Hospital Boston have played a vital role in advancing the field of musculoskeletal research and we’ve pioneered new treatment approaches for many conditions.

Bone and Soft Tissue Tumor Research
The main objective of our research program is to improve the understanding of bone and soft tissue cancers and develop new ways to treat children with these conditions. We are actively pursuing our own research initiatives, as well as participating in those directed by the Children’s Oncology Group, an international research collaboration.

Translational research. Children’s is a world leader in opening new avenues of "translational research"—bringing laboratory advances to the bedside and doctor's office as quickly as possible. All of our senior medical staff members of the Bone and Soft Tissue Tumor Program participate in clinical research activities. Our program director, Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo, MD, is also the co-director of our new Clinical and Translational Investigation Program, which aims to dramatically improve translational research in pediatric hematology and oncology.

The Children’s Oncology Group
Dana-Farber Boston Children's Hospital Cancer Center is the New England Phase I Center of the Children's Oncology Group. If your child has a progressive or recurrent bone or soft tissue tumor, he may be eligible for a number of experimental therapies available through these groups, or through one of our independent clinical investigators.

The Children's Oncology Group is a consortium of cancer treatment centers across the United States, Canada, and other countries, that conduct studies of Ewing’s sarcoma, osteosarcoma, rhabdomyosarcoma and other soft tissue sarcomas. Our participation in the Children’s Oncology Group gives children with bone and soft tissue tumors unparalleled access to the newest clinical trials.

In addition to a wide variety of clinical trials, Children’s also conducts extensive laboratory research to identify new treatments and improve therapies for bone and soft tissue tumors.

Children speak about what it’s like to be a medical research subject

View a video of a day in the life of Children’s Clinical and Translational Study Unit, through the eyes of children who are “giving back” to science.


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Children's is a world leader in opening new avenues of "translational” research, bringing the laboratory’s advances to the bedside and doctor's office—as quickly as possible. All of the senior medical staff members of our Bone and Soft Tissue Tumor Program participate in clinical research activities.




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