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Research

Connecticut Children’s pediatric urology 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.

The Division of Pediatric Urology is currently involved in more than 15 IRB-approved studies, and is one of a select few in the United States to receive National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding.

Our team is engaged in clinical research related to outcomes and treatment of urologic conditions using minimally invasive techniques, hypospadias and reconstructive surgery, and disorders of sexual development and the psychological correlation of urologic disease.

Our basic and translational research focuses on increasing the understanding of tumor development in genitourinary organs and the evaluation of new therapeutic strategies.

Research Laboratories

Pediatric Genitourinary Solid Tumor and Renal Research Laboratory

The Pediatric Genitourinary Solid Tumor and Renal Research Laboratory at the University of Connecticut Health Center pursues research on novel therapies aimed at solid tumors including Wilms tumor and neuroblastoma, and the prevention of renal injury from obstruction or Ischemia.

This work is funded by the National Cancer Institute of the NIH and the Seraph Foundation.

Basic Urologic Research

Linda Shapiro, PhD, director of the Center for Vascular Biology at the University of Connecticut Health Center, oversees basic urologic research at Connecticut Children’s. Her focus is on understanding the regulation and function of cell surface peptidases in the endothelium of tumors, cardiovascular disease and renal systems.

Dr. Shapiro’s work is funded by the NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and a Connecticut Innovations grant.

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