Division of General Academic Pediatrics

Ongoing research projects of the Division of General Academic Pediatrics at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

Ongoing Research Projects

Secrets of Success

  • Qualitative study funded by Harvard Catalyst and Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute to explore strategies to reduce BMI in patients ages 6-13 who have succeeded in doing so from neighborhoods with high obesity prevalence
  • Conducting parent and child focus groups and parent interviews
  • For more information: choran2@partners.org

Connect 4 Health

  • Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute funded intervention to manage overweight and obesity among children 2-12 years old
  • Intervention strategies include clinical decision support and personalized health coaching, enhanced with technology such as GPS mapped neighborhood resources and text message support
  • For more information: choran2@partners.org

CENTURY

  • NICHD funded study that aims to create a dataset of 215,000 children by linking Massachusetts birth certificates to an electronic database of well-child visits with the goal of identifying pre- and post-birth risk factors for disparities in childhood obesity
  • For more information: mbrody@partners.org

TREC

  • NIH/NCI funded study that examines associations of sleep duration in infancy and childhood with obesity, energy balance, insulin resistance and other cancer-related indicators
  • For more information: meperkins@partners.org

Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Early Life Risk Factors for Childhood Obesity

  • NIMHD funded study with the overarching goal of pairing quantitative and qualitative methods to study racial/ethnic disparities in early life risk factors for childhood obesity
  • Quantitative Phase: Studying over 2,000 participants from two ongoing NIH-funded cohort studies of pregnant women and their children in Massachusetts , this study phase seeks to quantify disparities in early life risk factors for childhood obesity
  • Qualitative Phase: Conducting 12 focus groups with pregnant women and parents of infants 0-2 years of age
  • For more information: meperkins@partners.org

Mass in Motion Kids (Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration Project –CORD)

  • CDC funded whole-of-community intervention to prevent obesity among children 2-12 years of age
  • Collaboration with Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health, and the National Initiative for Children’s Health Care Quality
  • Strategies include intervention across multiple sectors including health care, child care, elementary & middle school, after-school, and the broader community
  • For more information: MiMkids@partners.org

Family Experiences in Early Life

  • NIH/NCMHD funded focus group study to explore racial/ethnic differences in risk factors associated with obesity during the prenatal period and in early childhood
  • Conducting 12 focus groups with pregnant women and parents of infants 0-2 years of age
  • For more information: meperkins@partners.org

Technology to Enhance Child Health (TECH)

  • Harvard Catalyst funded pilot intervention to test the use of wireless technology among 5-18 year olds
  • For more information: TECHkids@partners.org

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