Clinical Research

Breakthrough Research in Pediatric Neurosurgery

To stay on the leading edge of pediatric neurosurgical techniques, surgeons at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital’s Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery are continually involved in clinical research. A variety of studies are under way to determine the most effective surgical techniques for managing neurological disease in children.

Clinical Trial Results May Lead to Improved Treatments

Our researchers use clinical trials to evaluate the effectiveness of innovative strategies for treating neurological disorders. For example, we are investigating a variety of new treatments and techniques—from novel ways to perform minimally invasive surgery to mechanisms that protect neurons and/or suppress tumor cell growth.

Not only do these trials have the potential to benefit the patients involved, but they could also help other children being treated for the same disorders throughout the country and even around the world. Results of such research often translate into new therapies that can be used to improve outcomes for patients with neurological disorders.

The Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery works with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine on clinical research trials supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other noted funding institutions. Research under way includes:

  • Developing a minimally invasive neurosurgery laboratory
  • Investigating perinatal brain injury and neuroprotection strategies
  • Exploring “A Novel Minimally Invasive Technique for Epilepsy Surgery: Endoscopic Transventricular Hemispherotomy for Medically Intractable Epilepsy,” The Cleveland Foundation
  • Developing the “Smart Start Brain Dissector: A Novel Device for Minimally Traumatic Brain Dissection,” Idea Competition Award, Institute for Pediatric Innovation

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