Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
Research & Innovation
At Children’s Hospital Boston, our care is informed by our research, and our discoveries in the laboratory strengthen the care we provide at each child's bedside. In fact, Children’s scientific research program is one of the largest and most active of any pediatric hospital in the world.
Our Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders has long been a leader in developing techniques—especially our sleep studies—for diagnosing breathing problems that children can have during sleep. Our physicians are leading a number of studies to:
- learn more about what can cause obstructive sleep apnea
- understand how it affects children
- develop protocols for diagnosing sleep apnea quickly and accurately
- find new, more effective ways to treat it
Among our research projects are:
It’s possible that your child will be eligible to participate in one of our clinical trials. These studies are useful for a multitude of reasons: Some trials are designed to evaluate the effectiveness of a particular treatment; others help doctors to better understand how and why certain conditions occur.
Participation in any clinical trial is completely voluntary: We will take care to fully explain all elements of the treatment plan before the trial starts, and you may remove your child from the study at any time.
Read more about our research on treatments for children with obstructive sleep apnea.
|Children speak: What it's like to be medical research subject|
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