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Pediatric Research

The Department of Pediatrics has a long history of basic, clinical and translational research. Major areas of research include respiratory viral infections, asthma and allergic disease pathogenesis, lung injury, herpes virus infections, infectious causes of cancer, genetics of metabolic diseases, perinatal epidemiology and environmental medicine. An important goal of our research programs is to help develop more pediatricians and scientists who are dedicated to advancing the application of basic science knowledge to the health problems important to children.

Allergen Structure and Function

Research aimed to understand the allergic process in enough detail to be able to prevent the development or effectively ameliorate allergic responses that lead to asthma and other allergic diseases. ...READ MORE

Bronchiolitis and Asthma

Research on the role of RSV and other respiratory infections in the development
of bronchiolitis and asthma. ...READ MORE

Clinical Trials

Ongoing Clinical Trials at UTMB Children's and volunteer opportunities. ...READ MORE

Metabolic Diseases

Research on Canavan disease and PKU. ...READ MORE

Mind-body Research

Research on meditation programs as an adjunct to traditional medicine. ...READ MORE

Otitis Media

Research aimed at understanding the contribution of viruses, bacteria and their complex interactions to the pathogenesis and clinical course of Acute Otitis Media. ...READ MORE

Perinatal Epidemiology

Research on the epidemiology of SIDS and congenital malformations. ...READ MORE


Research on gentle ventilation of preterm infants. ...READ MORE

Vaccines and Other Prevention Strategies

Research focused on developing new vaccines, creating effective topical microbicides, and fostering attitudes and developing systems that promote the timely delivery and use of these methods. ...READ MORE


Dr. Antonella Casola, a professor of in the Department of Pediatrics and infectious disease expert at UTMB, and her collaborators tested a chemical substance that slowly releases hydrogen sulfide against in vitro models of viruses such as influenza, Ebola, Far-eastern subtype tick-borne flavivirus, Rift Valley fever and Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus. The test showed that the hydrogen sulfide significantly reduced replication of all the tested viruses....READ MORE

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