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We are constantly seeking to find the answers that will impact the future health, well being and accomplishments of those we serve. To that end, we are always engaging in research and we are completely committed to ethical research practices.

By innovating, inventing, studying and analyzing — the dedicated experts at The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh explore promising possibilities for tomorrow. Our often groundbreaking research work impacts the lives of not only the kids we serve, but children and youth with special needs across the country and beyond.

Historically, we are proud to have been involved with the research that resulted in Dr. Jonas Salk’s now famous polio vaccine. Today, our experts serve as principal investigators in institutional review board-approved research initiatives. The Children’s Institute encourages a culture of clinician scientists. The organization has further developed its research infrastructure by hiring a research director to lead the internal research advisory panel, implement a research management structure, increase partnerships with local universities and other collaborators and diversify research funding streams, including federal grant awards.

Research at The Children’s Institute examines treatment efficacies and experimental treatment methods. Areas of study encompass:

  • Environmental triggers for children with autism
  • Physical therapy
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Obesity treatments inclusive of children with Prader-Willi syndrome
  • Use of technology in rehabilitation and education
  • Family preservation
  • Breathing and swallowing interactions

The Children’s Institute currently has 16 active research studies, ranging in status from participant recruitment to data analysis and publication.

To learn more about research at The Children’s Institute, please contact
Sharon Kramer at 412-420-2270.
Download our Conflict of Interest Policy here. 

Research Study Participants Needed!

The Children’s Institute is currently recruiting participants for a research study, "The Sibling Swallowing Study: Understanding swallowing function in typically developing children."

The purpose of this research is to better understand swallowing function in the pediatric population. We are specifically studying the typically developing siblings of patients at The Children’s Institute who are scheduled to have a Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Study (VFSS). The typical child in the study would come in with their sibling for a one- time, 10 second x-ray of 2 swallows. Eligible siblings will be between the ages of 2 and 10.

Anyone interested in learning more about this research study may contact  Marybeth Trapani-Hanasewych at 412-420-2432 or [email protected].

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