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Research at Shriners Children's Lexington

Thanks to the dedication of our physicians and researchers, the dream that scientific breakthroughs will give doctors the tools and medicines to cure disease is becoming reality.

At Shriners Children's Lexington, doctors, clinicians and scientists work to find new ways to heal and support children with complex medical needs. Our research team is making breakthroughs in a number of pediatric orthopedic conditions. This work is changing the way that we care for patients with these conditions.

Through collaborations and the use of cutting-edge technology, our research team is currently:

  • Optimizing bracing for clubfoot to minimize or eliminate reoccurrence or the need for surgical correction of the condition
  • Determining factors related to a loss of reduction in pediatric forearm fractures
  • Assessing outcomes of guided growth in Blount's disease
  • Investigating oxygen levels in scoliosis patients pre- and post-surgery to determine any decreases in lung function
  • Accurately measuring gait asymmetry to improve overall care for children with prosthetics
  • Translating patient-reported outcomes to improve overall care for children with idiopathic scoliosis and cerebral palsy

The Shriners Children's Lexington research program is an integral part of the system-wide Shriners Children's research program, driven to find cures and treatments that allow us to provide amazing care to children everywhere.

Orthopedic Research 

Orthopedic conditions can cause mobility challenges that inhibit a child's ability to be active and independent. We understand how important physical activity is in your child's life, which is why our team of researchers is dedicated to developing innovative treatments for:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Fractures
  • Scoliosis
  • Clubfoot
  • Blount's disease
Palm of a man's hand holding the compliance button

These half-inch buttons are installed in TLSO braces used to correct spinal curves in scoliosis patients. The temperature-monitoring buttons help physicians, patients and their families determine compliance with brace wear and make valuable decisions about the treatment plan. 


Funding and Support for our Research Programs

Our research is made possible through funding and grants from:

  • Shriners Children's national research funding
  • Other philanthropic and industrial sources

Funding from our generous donors provides new hope and opportunities for children with orthopedic conditions, scoliosis, clubfoot, fracture care and other pediatric conditions.

Our Research Commitment

Research Committed to Helping Children and Their Families

Our team of doctors and scientists are devoted to researching new ways to treat complex pediatric medical conditions. This team is committed to finding treatments to help children live healthy, independent lives and reach their full potential.

Female patient in therapy with provider

We Understand the Unique Medical Needs of Children

We provide vital, pioneering treatment from birth to age 18. Here, children have the opportunity to be evaluated and treated by doctors recognized as the best by their peers.