Elevating Pediatric Care Through Research
At Dell Pediatric Research Institute, part of the Department of Pediatrics, faculty across disciplines partner with health care providers to conduct research that translates into new products, programs and treatments that improve children’s health and pediatric care. The institute is supported by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.
The institute fosters collaboration among scientists and researchers in health-related disciplines at The University of Texas at Austin, including pharmacology, nutrition, molecular biology and biomedical engineering. It also engages the University of Texas System’s health institutions. These partnerships enhance Dell Med’s ability to educate and enhance research efforts that impact children’s health.
The research institute houses a number of leading cancer researchers, and partnership with the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes creates new opportunities for collaborative research. Grants focus on leukemia, glioblastoma and pancreatic cancer. Funding agencies include the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas, National Cancer Institute and the Food and Drug Administration.
The institute’s researchers work to improve understanding of childhood obesity and diseases in order to create enhanced treatment options and therapies in the Central Texas community and beyond. For example, Tom Brenna, Ph.D. and his research team lead the field in understanding the role of omega-3 fatty acids in health and disease progression.
Researchers explore treatments for neurodevelopmental disorders, birth defects and scoliosis. For example, Ryan Gray, Ph.D. studies the basic biology and therapeutic interventions related to spina bifida and scoliosis. Austin Cooney, Ph.D. investigates how stem cells can be used in regenerative medicine to treat pediatric diseases.