Children's Hospital Colorado

Neurology and Neurosurgery Research at the Neuroscience Institute

We are dedicated to discovering the best ways to diagnose, treat and cure children with neurological disorders. Our doctors and scientists are internationally recognized leaders in their research fields. Their broad range of specialties include epilepsy, neurogenetics, neuromuscular disease/muscle disorders, neuro-oncology, craniopharyngioma, pediatric and neonatal stroke, hydrocephalus and spina bifida.

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Advancing Treatment for Pediatric Craniopharyngioma (ATPC) is North America’s first multicenter consortium dedicated exclusively to the discovery and testing of novel therapies for children with adamantinomatous craniopharyngioma (ACP).

Neurology and neurosurgery advancements

Our neurology and neurosurgery specialists have 100+ research studies, one-third of which are industry sponsored clinical trials. Our faculty have also been awarded grant funding by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), among others.

A few of our significant advancements include:

  • Kelly Knupp, MD, co-authored a study in JAMA Pediatrics on the comparative effectiveness of two drugs in the management of infantile epilepsy. The study found a possible benefit to changing traditional drug therapy strategies. These findings are leading to clinical trials and further investigation into medications used in this population.
  • Julie Parsons, MD, participates in several clinical trials that continue to explore new types of life-saving treatments for spinal muscular atrophy. She is also part of a multicenter, longitudinal study to define the natural history of infantile spinal muscular atrophy to aid in future clinical trials and investigations into the management and treatment of the condition.

"We're the only consortium in North America doing work like this."

Todd Hankinson, MD

Pediatric Neurosurgeon; Quality Officer, Neurosurgery

Learn about Dr. Hankinson's research

What our neurology and neurosurgery research means for kids

Our team is committed to improving the lives of children with neurologic conditions and their families. That's why we're researching both common and rare neurological disorders and partnering with leading organizations throughout the world to improve our understanding and treatment of these disorders.

Our partnerships and consortiums include:

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