Research

Research is an integral part of the activities of the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery and the Center for Children. As part of the NYU Langone Medical Center and the NYU School of Medicine, the Division's faculty partner with other healthcare scientists across multiple disciplines to study musculoskeletal disorders.

The pediatric orthopedic surgeons have made presentations at national and international professional meetings and published papers covering a wide range of topics, including spinal, lower extremity and foot deformities, neuromuscular disorders, congenital and developmental anomalies, hip dysplasia, and trauma. 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 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 clubfeet 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 with the HJD 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.

Research interests of the Center’s pediatric neurologist include 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 Pediatric Medicine in collaboration with Pediatric Orthopaedics.

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.

Various grants and sources have funded these research activities. Some of the granting agencies have included the Orthopaedic Research and Education Fund and the National Institutes of Health.