Pediatric Research

The Pediatric Research Department at Beaumont Children's Hospital seeks to improve the care and treatment of pediatric patients with a variety of disease processes. It is comprised of clinical and outcomes research. Studies are supported by philanthropy, federal sponsors, industry, or foundation grants/contracts.

Our inpatient research encompasses our NICU, a 61 bed level III (tertiary care) perinatal referral center, PICU and Pediatric floor. Especially dealing with children, the entire family is our primary customers. In order to achieve these endeavors, we work in partnership with the Pediatric attending staff and residents to address all subspecialties of Pediatrics including but not limited to Newborn medicine, Infectious disease, Endocrinology, Neurology, Physical Medicine and Rehab, Retinal Ophthalmology, Developmental Pediatrics and General Pediatrics both in the inpatient and outpatient settings.

Our small staff of clinical researchers coordinates trials in various stages of patient enrollment, and follow-up. Our most current clinical research involves:

  • Type I diabetic patients interaction: communicating understanding and social support
  • Parental and youth understanding of obesity
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency in children
  • Exposure to Bullying
  • Music therapy to reduce stress during potentially painful procedures
  • New device research for measuring expired breath carbon monoxide measurements for indications of hemolysis
  • A number of new or new indication pharmaceutical studies in pediatric patients with complicated infections and patients with extreme epilepsy
  • Follow up and development of children who were born extremely premature
  • Comparative effectiveness research
  • Countless retrospective chart reviews for clinical relevance by our residents

Department Highlights

We recently expanded our area to include an NIH / Medicare study for elderly patients, known as the LOTT study and help with integrative medicine trial of massage helping those who suffer from chemo-induced neuropathy.

Our principal investigators have been chosen to share research at many different conferences and meetings. Many have been published in peer reviewed journals and M. Jeffery Maisels, M.D., has received a number of research awards most recently including the Apgar Award and others.

Principal Investigators

Name Research of Interest
Brian Berman, M.D.
Chief, Pediatrics
Hemotology
M. Jeffrey Maisels, M.D.
Clinical Faculty, Pediatrics
Hyperbilirubinemia
Judith Klarr, M.D.
Neonatologist
Neonatology
R. Martin Espinosa, M.D.
Neonatologist
Neonatology
Paul Holtrop, M.D.
Neonatologist
Neonatology

Graham Krassan, M.D.
Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist

Infectious Diseases
Peter Gerrits, M.D.
Chief, Pediatric Endocrinology
Endocrinology

M. Bassam Dekelbab, M.D.Endocrinologist

Endocrinology
Bernard Degnan, M.D.
Endocrinology
Endocrinology
Daniel Arndt, M.D.
Chief, Pediatric Epilepsy and Neurology
Epilepsy