Innovation and research
When you come to Boston Children’s Hospital, you’re coming to the birthplace of child neurology. In 1920 Bronson Crothers, MD, was appointed to lead the nation’s first pediatric Neurology Service. Since then, our pediatric neurologists have tirelessly worked to improve care.
Innovations—in both basic science and our clinics—play a critical role in your child’s health, and our team is constantly creating new programs, tests, processes and tools. Some of our earliest innovations centered on prevention, such as proving that obstetrical trauma was linked to brachial plexus palsies and to spinal cord injury.
Many more have stemmed from scientific research: Understanding diseases deeply—even at the cellular or molecular level—leads to new drugs and therapies. For example, today’s treatment trials for boys with Duchenne/Becker muscular dystrophy are based on the discovery by Louis Kunkle, PhD, of dystrophin, the gene and encoded protein that is altered in boys with this condition. And many other innovations, like adding educational consultants to our team who ensure children with educational needs get the support they need to succeed in school, have come from daily interactions between patients, families and our care team.
Learn more about the Neurology research program and team at Boston Children's Hospital.