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.
Anyone who has known a child born with a congenital disorder, paralyzed in an accident or challenged by a complex medical condition knows that hope and healing are inseparable. At Shriners Children's Northern California, our director of research, David Pleasure, M.D., leads doctors and scientists as they work to find new ways to heal children with complex medical needs.
Research programs at Shriners Children’s Northern California are designed to help give your child access to the most innovative treatment options available for their condition. The research we do is headquartered in the Institute of Pediatric Regenerative Medicine (IPRM), a collaboration with UC Davis Health. The program includes many of our very own physicians, as well as top international researchers.
Our physicians and researchers are actively engaged in ongoing research and are continually developing new and innovative ways to treat and care for children. The research areas we're involved in currently include:
- Tumor formation
- Bone abnormalities
- Brachial plexus birth palsy (Erb's palsy)
- Burn injuries
- Cerebral palsy
- Cleft lip and palate
- Hand function
- Neural development
- Spina bifida
- Spinal cord injury
The Shriners Children's Northern California research program is an integral part of the system-wide Shriners Children's research program, driving to find cures and treatments that allow us to provide amazing care to children everywhere.
Survival rates for patients with burn injuries have improved dramatically over the past 50 years as a result of burn research. Doctors and scientists at Shriners Children's Northern California are responsible for many of the advances in pediatric burn care. Studies we're working on include areas such as the body's reaction to severe stress and diagnostic tools that can be used at the bedside when treating critically injured children.
When your child comes to our hospital with a burn injury, our medical teams apply their years of clinical research and discoveries to their care. Shriners Children's current burn care research includes:
- Individual response to drug treatment
- Organ failure
- Environmental influences
- Bedside diagnostics
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:
- Brachial plexus
- Cerebral palsy
- Hand, arm and shoulder functions
- Hip, knee and foot functions
- Spina bifida
- The spine, including scoliosis
- Sports medicine
Shriners Children's Northern California is ranked as one of the top facilities for pediatric orthopedics in the United States. (Ranking together with UC Davis Children's Hospital)
Funding and Support for our Research Programs
Our research is made possible through funding and grants from:
- National Institute for Health (NIH)
- Department of Defense
- National Science Foundation
- California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
- Shriners Basic Science
- Shriners Fellowship
- Shriners Clinical Research Grants
We're grateful for the generous funds provided by The Greater Sacramento New Car Dealers Association through their Accelerate Hope campaign. This program has pledged $1,000,000 over ten years to pediatric research at our hospital and will be used to establish the Fund for Innovation, which allows doctors and scientists to work collaboratively in their Quest for Cures.
Funding from our generous donors provides new hope and opportunities for children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, brachial plexus birth palsy, cleft lip and palate, burns, spinal cord injuries and other pediatric conditions.
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