The members of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology participate in a variety of clinical research endeavors across a spectrum of gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, pancreatic and nutritional illnesses, resulting in more than 50 publications in high impact peer-review journals in the past 10 years. Studies include local, national and international collaborations, with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), national foundations and private sources.
Although a primary focus of our research continues to be the inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), there are currently also studies investigating specific aspects of celiac disease, the intestinal microbiome, eosinophilic esophagitis, short bowel syndrome and chronic pancreatitis.
Groundbreaking clinical trials
We also participate in Phase 2 and 3 clinical trials, offering children with complicated diseases access to novel therapeutics while developing data necessary for eventual FDA pediatric certification. Many of these investigations also include local collaborations with other Cohen Children’s specialties, including pediatric surgery, pathology, radiology and behavioral health.
Participation in clinical research initiatives offers children and their families the opportunity to benefit from a novel approach to therapy and improve their well-being and quality of life. Simultaneously this participation can advance the knowledge and unlock breakthroughs that may help other kids in the future.