Children's Hospital Colorado

Q: Advances and Answers in Pediatric Health

By prioritizing and advancing research, education, clinical work and process improvement, we're speeding the integration of our discoveries into the clinical engine, helping patients in new and innovative ways. A unique and strong partnership with University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus provides fresh perspectives and invaluable expertise, as do our relationships with national and international research consortiums, industry partners and other children's hospitals.

It starts with a Q:

Like the kids we treat at Children's Hospital Colorado, we're creating a culture that continuously inspires curiosity. Doing so unlocks a new realm of pediatrics — one that swaps insular science and medicine for collaborative, progressive approaches to accelerating discovery.

Questions once asked within the silos of specific specialties are more and more commonly being addressed across multidisciplinary planes. These approaches are producing remarkable advances because here, we imagine the future and simultaneously create it.

Read the latest articles from our current issue of Q: and find all past issues below.

A biobank for the lifespan

It’s been a relief for parents and pediatric specialists alike that children, as a group, don’t seem to get as sick as adults do from COVID-19. To better understand why, researchers from Children’s Colorado and University of Colorado School of Medicine worked together to establish a cross-institutional biobank for COVID-19 to support research that covers the entire lifespan.

Q: Why doesn’t SARS-CoV-2 affect kids the same way it affects adults?

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Defining a new primary immunodeficiency disorder

A 3-month-old patient was hospitalized at Children’s Colorado for what appeared to be very early onset inflammatory bowel disease, or VEOIBD. During their pursuit to learn more, the team of immunologists and gastroenterologists uncovered a novel genetic defect.

Q: Could this case of very early onset IBD actually be a primary immunodeficiency disorder?

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Cutting-edge ‘co-bot’

Studies show a return to the operating room for malpositioned screws happens in up to 3% of scoliosis cases. Orthopedic surgeon, Mark Erickson, MD, is working to reduce this complication rate by honing the use of a navigation and robotics system called Mazor X. Children’s Colorado is one of only three pediatric hospitals in the country with access to the technology.

Q: Can robot-assisted pediatric spine surgery effectively improve safety and accuracy?

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Inventions in pediatric surgery

It’s hard to secure devices such as gastrostomy buttons and external tunneled central venous catheters. And when they become dislodged, that causes problems. Pediatric surgeon Steve Moulton, MD, knew there had to be solutions, so he pulled together a team to find them.

Q: Is there a better way to secure gastrostomy buttons and central venous catheters than tape and gauze?

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Case study: special delivery

Early in the second trimester, a fetal diagnosis of tuberous sclerosis-associated rhabdomyoma was confirmed with fetal MRI by the presence of associated tumors in the brain. The heart tumor was massive. Without treatment, the fetus wouldn’t survive. So, our maternal fetal medicine specialists tried an unconventional treatment that led to a remarkable outcome.

Q: Could a maternally administered mTOR inhibitor shrink a massive fetal rhabdomyoma (and the accompanying brain tumors)?

Past issues of Q:

Download previous issues of Q: to learn how our clinicians work together and across specialties to continually improve patient care and outcomes.

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