Clinical Advancements and Research

  • Children's Combined Center for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is involved in pediatric-specific IBD research with 9 other national sites.
  • As part of a multicenter consortium, pediatric researchers at the Center have created the largest shared patient registry of children diagnosed with IBD. The IBD registry and associated study helps physicians understand the characteristics of IBD in children of all age groups, particularly very young patients, with a goal to improve treatment for children diagnosed with IBD.
  • The Combined Center for Pediatric IBD is one of two national sites developing the first pediatric endoscopy database. Using a capsule endoscopy (pill camera), we painlessly diagnose and monitor patients.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collaborates with our team on research about the role bacteria and viruses may have in triggering these diseases. This collaboration also allows us to discover features that will help physicians know when a flare-up of the disease is likely to occur, even before the external symptoms are present.
  • Physicians and staff at the Center evaluate the newest medications and therapies available for safety and effectiveness.
  • Our team received funding from the National Institutes of Health to study quality-of-life issues among children diagnosed with IBD and to evaluate infections that may have an impact on IBD.