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Pediatric Initiatives

1 in 6 children in the US today is obese. The Department of Pediatrics of Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin is taking this issue front and center to find effective, successful solutions. How are we going to attack this and other pediatric health concerns?

  • Develop resources to understand complex health problems and obesity in children along with abilities to develop and test solutions.
  • Integrate leaders in research, education, clinical care, and community partnerships within the Dell Medical School, Dell Pediatric Research Institute, Dell Children’s Medical Center, Seton Healthcare Family, and other members of the Austin area.
  • Utilize our world-class genetics department, capable of understanding the genetics of obesity and developmental disorders in children, and how diet, exercise, and genetics interact to influence weight gain and growth.
  • Partner with successful community resources such as the Sustainable Food Center in Austin who educate families about gaining access to nutritious, affordable food.
  • Advocate for breastfeeding, child nutrition initiatives, and physical activity programs.
  • Target adult diseases that have origins in childhood such as osteoporosis, heart disease, and even some cancers.
  • Create opportunities to provide coordinated care for complex neurological, psychological, or developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorders and eating disorders to meet the needs of these children and adolescents.
  • Improve technological resources to better provide health care to children by partnering with leaders such as the Department of Biomedical Engineering to advance innovation from discovery to delivery, not just in the equipment we use, but from the way we collect and analyze data to how we provide medications, nutrition, and overall care to children.