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May 2014

Investigator Spotlight Video

Reducing Infections after Spinal Fusion Procedures
Dr. Ritzman with a patient 
Todd Ritzman, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Akron Children's Hospital, discusses how research into ways to reduce surgical site infections following spinal fusion procedures has resulted in improved outcomes for patients. Watch now

Research News

Nursing Research Encouraged in Many Ways
A poster presented at the event 
The Nursing Research Council at Akron Children’s Hospital encourages the nursing staff to bring research to the bedside by helping provide them with mentors and other resources they need to be successful. Read more

Grant Helps Expand Brain, Spinal Cord Tumor Program
 Sarah Rush, MD, director of neuro-oncology
Akron Children’s Hospital has received a one-year infrastructure grant of $49,991 from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to expand the Pediatric Brain and Spinal Cord Tumor program and enhance research. Read more

15 Scholars Chosen for 2014 Summer Research Program
SPRS participants
Fifteen college students with a strong interest in healthcare-related professions will be working at Akron Children’s Hospital this summer as part of the Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute’s Summer Pediatric Research Scholars program. Read more

Biomaterials: Technology to Advance an Ancient Practice

Rebecca Kuntz Willits, PhD
While biomaterials may become the key to delivering high-quality, personalized medicine, many who work in the field believe they have yet to reach their full potential. Rebecca Kuntz Willits, PhD, offered an overview of biomaterials development at our Translational Science Seminar. Read more

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Translational Science Seminar

“Industry Sponsored Clinical Trials: Principal Investigator and Study Coordinator Roles” 

Wednesday, May 21
Noon to 1 p.m.

Mary Bratovich Toth, MD
Director, Pediatric Rheumatology

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