Research Stories of Patients at Children's Hospital Colorado
Research is a top priority at Children's Hospital Colorado, especially when cures for many childhood illnesses are within our reach. But our commitment to research would not be possible without the bold, generous and inspiring patients and families who help us learn more about diseases and treatment. As we sit on the cusp of numerous breakthroughs that will push the boundaries of pediatric medicine, we extend a huge thanks to our patients who help make it possible. Read the stories of incredible kids who participate in research studies and clinical trials at Children's Hospital Colorado.
Bionic pancreas helps tame Type 1 diabetes
When 10-year-old Jackson Panzer was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, he was afraid of how it would change his life. But with the help of a clinical a trial for what some are calling a "bionic pancreas," Jackson and his mom believe that his life with diabetes will be longer and more complication-free.
Read Jackson's story and about the state-of-the-art technology that's changing how he lives with diabetes.
Clinical trial drug helps Crohn's patient
A Children's doctor suggested his Crohn's patient, Sam Cox, enroll in a clinical trial to determine the safety and efficacy of a drug for kids who suffer from Crohn's disease. Within just months, the 15-year-old's condition greatly improved.
Read Sam's story and about the clinical trial recommended by Dr. Edward Hoffenberg.
Finding new hope for cystic fibrosis
Ten-year-old Charlie Meserve suffers from cystic fibrosis (CF). But with the help of a new drug and the discovery of a bacterium found only in CF patients, patients like Charlie may experience improved lung function and quality of life.
Read Charlie's story and about the research of Dr. Frank Accurso.
Discovering new ways to treat congenital heart disease
Imagine being able to build an exact replica of a child's heart, or implant a heart device to expand and shrink with the body's heat. With the novelty of 3-D imaging and a device developed right here at Children's (in collaboration with partners at the University of Colorado Denver), our researchers can do just that.
Read how bioengineers discovered new ways to treat little hearts.
Taking an "owie" for RSV
Now three years old, Anna O'Connor recently recovered from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) after a visit to Children's emergency department with low oxygen levels. She has since enrolled in a clinical trial that hopes to find a vaccine to prevent RSV.
Read Anna's story about her experience participating in a clinical trial.
Finding out why kids have strokes
Sam Mattei is a typical 11-year-old, although when he was six, Sam had a stroke - the exact cause still unknown. Researchers at Children's are working to investigate why certain kids experience stroke, pinpoint its origin, assess its severity and determine how the future might look for each stroke patient.
Read Sam's story and about our unprecedented research in pediatric stroke.
Teen dreams of skiing, thanks to Children's Gait Lab
Tyler Warner suffered a stroke in the womb, was born five-and-a-half weeks early, and was diagnosed with cancer. Revolutionary treatment offered by Children's Hospital Colorado ensured 15-year-old Tyler would meet those challenges with confidence and success, for his journey had just begun.
Read Tyler's story about his experience with Children's Gait Lab and Hospital Sports Program.
Teenage "MVP" fights pediatric cancer
Just before his third baseball game of the season, 16-year-old Addison Squibbs discovered a lump under his right arm. The family physician of East High School's "most valuable player" immediately referred him to Children's for his fight against Burkitt's lymphoma.
Read Addison's story and how research efforts enable better outcomes for cancer patients.
Organ transplant programs give kids hope
The heart, liver and kidney transplant programs at Children's Hospital Colorado, in partnership with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, give patients hope and courage to face an organ transplantation.
Read about the research and clinical trials that contribute to the success of Children's transplant programs.