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Connecticut Children’s pediatric urology and nephrology physicians and researchers are actively involved in clinical outcomes and basic science research and present numerous study abstracts at international and national meetings each year.

Urology

Connecticut Children’s pediatric urology physicians and researchers are actively involved in clinical outcomes and basic and translational science research. They present numerous study abstracts at international and national meetings each year.

The Division of Pediatric Urology is currently involved in several IRB-approved studies, as well as a pharmacy-sponsored clinical trial to treat Neurogenic Detrusor Overactivity (NDO). Our team is engaged in clinical research related to outcomes and treatment of urologic conditions including hydronephrosis, solitary kidney, ureteropelvic junction obstruction, and conditions which affect bladder function such as neurogenic bladder and spina bifida.

Nephrology

Connecticut Children’s nephrology physicians are actively involved in clinical and translational research and present several abstracts at international and national meetings annually. Our research findings regularly appear in publications such as the prestigious Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

In addition, our department participates in several clinical trials and government funded studies. One such study, the CureGN trial, is NIH funded with an expected enrollment 2,400 participants. The goal of the study is to learn about the causes of disease, response to therapy, and disease progression, with the ultimate objective to cure glomerulonephropathy.

Research Team

Katherine W. Herbst, MS, Clinical Research Manager

Katherine has over 20 years of clinical research experience, and has specialized in pediatric urology and nephrology for over 10 years. She is a member of the American Urological Association, the Society for Pediatric Urology, and the Society for Fetal Urology. She has over 30 peer-review publications, and has presented her work at sectional, national and international meetings. She is a member of the European Society for Paediatric Urology Research Committee, and regularly presents educational sessions at the Society’s annual meeting.

Melinda Carpenter, Research Associate II

Mindy has been supporting Nephrology research since 2014. She administers and coordinates research efforts for over a dozen studies. Efforts include meeting with patients and parents to engage them with current research projects, completing study regulatory documents and analyzing and compiling study findings for publication.

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