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Pediatric Research Discoveries and Milestones


Physicians and researchers from the Department of Pediatrics are responsible for numerous nationally and internationally recognized medical research milestones.  The following snapshot highlights some of our most groundbreaking and highly acclaimed research:

  • The discovery of toxic shock syndrome (TSS)

  • Performing the first pediatric liver transplant in the world

  • Methods to save newborns with severe lung disorders, including the treatment of pediatric pulmonary hypertension by using a non-invasive method of inhaled nitric oxide

  • The first newborn screening program for cystic fibrosis in the U.S.

  • The Cystic Fibrosis Center participated in early research and drug trials for Kalydeco, the first drug that treats the underlying causes of CF

  • The development and licensure of a new shingles vaccine

  • Identifying changes in genes that cause children to develop acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of pediatric cancer

  • Discovering the effects of Zinc and Vitamin E nutritional deficiencies in infants and children

  • Establishing the industry standards for adding Zinc to infant formula

  • Pioneering pediatric AIDS research, as one of a handful of AIDS clinical trial groups in U.S.

  • Groundbreaking research in the treatment of hemophilia and blood-clotting disorders

  • Participation in clinical trials leading to the licensure of new pediatric vaccines, including influenza and meningococcus