Many children and adolescents with GI disorders have painful and often embarrassing symptoms while others endure debilitating conditions that threaten their life and their way of living. Although some therapies provide temporary relief, long-term solutions often remain merely a hope.
Pediatric GI research is vital, as gastrointestinal disorders are very common among children, have a tremendous impact on the quality of life of affected patients and their families, and have enormous financial cost.
In addition to outstanding clinical care, GI research is also a priority at Nationwide Children’s. Clinicians and scientists currently receive more than $5 million annually in external funding to perform gastrointestinal research.
Clinical researchers at Nationwide Children's are committed to identifying new approaches for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of childhood diseases, taking research discoveries from the lab to the patient's bedside.
Browse current research studies being conducted at Nationwide Children’s related to Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Use Caution When Putting Kids on a Gluten-Free Diet
A gluten-free diet makes diagnosing underlying conditions difficult and can leave potential, long-term consequences unaddressed.
When Should Kids With Severe Functional Constipation Have Surgery?
A protocol developed by pediatric surgeons and gastroenterologists allows patients to receive specific surgical interventions that will be most beneficial – and allows many patients originally referred for surgery to avoid it altogether.
Why SILS is an Acceptable Option for Kids with Crohn’s
Study compares ileocecectomy outcomes of single incision laparoscopic versus open surgery.
Legitimizing Functional Nausea
While a “true entity,” the condition can be difficult to diagnose and treat.
Probing for Links Between Psychotropic Drugs and Severe Liver Disease
Case studies lay out concerns; researchers urge careful monitoring.
Spotlight: Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
What’s new and what’s ahead?
Common Antibiotic May Benefit Pediatric Dysmotility Patients
Amoxicillin sparks phase III duodenal contractions in small animal model.
Infection’s Link to Functional GI Disorders
Role of acute infection in subsequent FGIDs may point to new interventions.
Sacral Nerve Stimulation Provides Clear Benefit for Urinary and Bowel Incontinence
A longitudinal study of patient-reported quality of life and symptoms shows significant gains with use of sacral nerve stimulation.
Preventive Measure Reduces Bloodstream Infections in Children with Intestinal Failure
Study demonstrates that adding ethanol as part of central catheter care reduces infection rates in children with intestinal failure.
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