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
Thiopurines Disappoint in Real-World Crohn’s Care
Real-world outcomes for pediatric patients with Crohn’s disease on thiopurines may differ from those described in initial RCT data.
Spotlight: Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
What’s new and what’s ahead?
Is Fluoroscopic Defecography Clinically Useful?
A recent study illuminates the value of fluoroscopic defecography in the management of pediatric defecation disorders.
Infant Colic: An Update for the Pediatric Gastroenterologist
A collection of reports examines the role of GI disturbances in “colicky” infants, as well as the latest recommendations for managing the condition.
Help for Cystic Fibrosis Patients With GI Problems
A collaboration between pulmonologists and gastrointestinal specialists at Nationwide Children’s offers assistance to cystic fibrosis patients with GI complications.
Why a Hepatitis C Vaccine Still Matters
Research on curative HCV treatments suggests the fix may not be permanent, creating problems for a population prone to reinfection.
Sacral Nerve Stimulation Gives Pediatric Patients Hope
Implanted device offers hope when all other treatment options have failed.
Levitt and Di Lorenzo Lead New Center
Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction combines multiple disciplines to treat complex colorectal issues.
Breastfeeding Success is Impacted by Diabetes Status of Mother
Women diagnosed with diabetes before or during pregnancy are less likely to initiate and continue breastfeeding than women without diabetes, a new study suggests.
Zinc Supplementation Improves Growth in NICU Babies
Study shows zinc supplementation is promising for improving growth in extremely low birth-weight infants with chronic lung disease.
Colorectal Cancer Screening and the Pediatric Gastroenterologist
Lynch syndrome in pediatrics: What is the role of pediatric gastroenterology in cancer screening?
Selecting the Ideal Material for Tissue-Engineered Intestine
Scientists closer to building TEI scaffold that will work in the challenging intestinal environment.
Implementing IBD Best Practices
Quality improvement via translational research helped increase IBD remission rates to 86 percent.
Colonic Scintigraphy vs. Manometry
Study comparing the two methods suggests scintigraphy is well-tolerated and fairly accurate.
GI Issues in Children with Autism Require Special Attention
Practical solutions to screen and treat autistic patients who have GI problems.
Meet Our GI Team