Children's Hospital Colorado
Pediatric Urology
Pediatric Urology

Urology Research Studies

Experts in our Department of Pediatric Urology continuously improve the quality of care at Children’s Hospital Colorado through ongoing research efforts in various areas of urology care. The information we learn from these studies helps us to better understand urologic conditions in children and how we can improve treatment for better outcomes. 

We currently have several research studies underway that your child may be able to participate in if you are interested.

The role of constipation in pediatric voiding dysfunction

Purpose: The purpose of this research is to better understand the role constipation plays in children who have difficulties urinating at appropriate times.

What’s required: After the clinic appointment is finished, participants will complete a few written questionnaires. They will complete the same questionnaires at follow-up clinic visits for up to two years so our team can measure any changes.

Systemic cytotoxic chemotherapeutic effect on symptoms of voiding dysfunction

Purpose: The purpose of this research is to learn about bladder and kidney problems in children treated with chemotherapy medicines for pediatric cancer.

What’s required: Eligible patients, with the help of their parents, will complete a one-time survey about their child’s current bladder and kidney status. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

Research on factors associated with early surgical intervention in suspected (ureteropelvic junction obstruction) UPJ obstruction

Purpose: The purpose of this research is to better understand what clinical and non-clinical factors influence the risk of surgery within the first year of life in infants with congenital hydronephrosis concerning for UPJ obstruction. Our team will use data gathered from this study in future studies to assess the impact of these variations on outcomes in children with suspected UPJ obstruction.

What’s required: We will review the child’s medical record at Children’s Colorado for the next year to obtain clinical and demographic data to follow the child’s care. There are no study visits or other requirements to participate. The study primarily includes a collection of medical chart data to help us understand the differences in patients who undergo surgery versus observation. We will then use this information to ultimately improve patient care.

Feasibility of establishing an EMR-based multicenter research network to assess adherence to AUA vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) guidelines

Purpose: The purpose of this research is to better understand the association between clinical factors and use of treatment guidelines in children with VUR. We may use data gathered from this study in future studies to improve decisions for treatment in children with VUR.

What the study involves: We will review the child’s medical record at Children’s Colorado for the next two years to obtain clinical and demographic data to follow the child’s care. By collecting and studying medical chart data, we can better understand what factors influence how physicians monitor children with reflux and how their practices align with published guidelines.

Learn more about our urology research studies

If you are interested in learning more about any of these studies, please call 720-777-4418 or 720-777-3964.

Here, it’s different.™

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Why Can Treatment Options Vary?

Dr. Vemulakonda researches aspects of the patient-provider relationship and its impact on surgery decisions for infants with UPJ obstruction.

Variations in Care Research
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