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
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.
Crohn’s Disease Not Exempt From Racial Disparities
Study finds significant differences in Crohn’s disease outcomes related to race.
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.
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.
Meet Our GI Team