Research Roundup

Research at the Center for Children is a multidisciplinary effort, involving staff within the Center as well as throughout NYU Langone Medical Center. Our pediatric orthopaedic surgeons present at national and international professional meetings and publish papers covering a wide range of topics, including spinal, lower extremity and foot deformities, neuromuscular disorders, congenital and developmental anomalies, hip dysplasia, and trauma.

We are pleased to present some of our current and recent research initiatives:

  • The upper extremities of children with congenital and neuromuscular disorders are being studied in a project involving motion analysis in conjunction with neurorehabilitative physiatry at NYU Langone Medical Center. Additionally, the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery is in the process of developing registries of patients with various diagnoses and collecting outcome measures to serve as the basis of evaluating therapeutic strategies.
  • The New York Ponseti Clubfoot Center has collected data from young patients with clubfoot for more than a decade. The numerous resultant articles and presentations have addressed assessment of the clubfoot deformity, persistent clubfoot and outcome of intervention.
  • The Pediatric Musculoskeletal Tissue Bank was created by our Musculoskeletal Research Center to collect biospecimens for future research. The stored samples will be analyzed to investigate the biology, causes, prevention and treatment of pediatric musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Our pediatric neurology research focuses on neuromuscular disorders, particularly spasticity, and hereditary muscle and nerve disorders. Some previous projects involved enzyme differentiation in muscular dystrophies, spasticity management with intrathecal baclofen and oral medication, and multidisciplinary evaluation of children with idiopathic toe-walking.
  • Our geneticist and genetic counselor have frequently presented interesting cases at professional meetings and published papers regarding the genetic aspects of neuromuscular disorders.
  • The KiDS of NYU Langone Foundation is currently funding the investigation of osteoporosis in children with cerebral palsy under the direction of Dr. Patricia Poitevien and in collaboration with the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery.
  • The pediatric physical/occupational therapy department is actively involved in several ongoing research projects in association with the Clubfoot Center, Brachial Plexus Clinic and Pediatric Psychology. The physical therapists are evaluating the gross motor skills of the young child with clubfoot while the occupational therapists are examining the self-concept of the older child/adolescent with brachial plexus injury.