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Researchers in the Department of Pediatric Urology work to improve the treatment and care for patients with urologic conditions. Our team’s expertise in basic, translational, clinical outcomes and quality improvement research are aimed at understanding urologic conditions present at birth and how best to treat them.
In collaboration with Dr. Anna Malykhina at the University of Colorado, Dr. Duncan Wilcox and Dr. Nao Iguchi are studying the effect of partial bladder outlet obstruction in order to assess signs of the obstruction. By studying the hypoxia (oxygen) pathways, they hope to find new types of treatment. In addition, the doctors are studying the interaction between bladder and bowel nerve function and its possible effect on children with dysfunctional elimination syndrome.
As part of the Children’s Oncology Group, we actively participate in local and national research projects aimed at improving the outcomes for children and adolescents with urologic tumors. Dr. Nicholas Cost is one of the only pediatric urologic oncologists in the country. He is spearheading testicular, kidney and pelvic tumor research efforts. Specifically, he is researching how we can reduce the side effects of therapy while maximizing survival.
Together with researchers in the Department of Pediatric Radiology, Dr. Jeffrey Campbell is studying how different types of prenatal imaging tests affect finding urinary and genital organ irregularities at birth.
In collaboration with the Society for Fetal Urology, Dr. Campbell developed a new classification system for perinatal hydronephrosis (a condition where the kidneys are stretched due to a blockage of urine in the urinary tract, which is diagnosed prenatally) aimed at improving the prediction of outcomes in these patients.
Dr. Vijaya Vemulakonda works with researchers in the Colorado Institute for Maternal and Fetal Health to find signs of kidney function before birth in infants with bladder outlet obstruction.
Together with researchers from Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego and the University of Virginia Hospital, Dr. Vemulakonda is studying different types of treatment for infants diagnosed with hydronephrosis before birth. The research looks at how those variations in treatment impact kidney function in children with kidney obstruction. The goal of this research is to develop guidelines for surgical testing and treatment to improve the long-term outcomes of these patients.
The Department or Pediatric Urology continuously improves the quality of care at Children’s Hospital Colorado. We are:
Within the research areas listed above, the Department of Pediatric Urology’s current research efforts in need of patient participation are:
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