The Gastroenterology (GI) and Hepatology Research Program is dedicated to shaping the way we understand and care for children with gastrointestinal illnesses. Our investigators are conducting clinical studies that range from deepening our understanding of liver disease to finding new treatments for inflammatory bowel disease.
We invite children and their families to participate in our studies. By participating in a research study, your child will have access to some of the latest GI treatment and therapies, and receive support and care from our research team.
Below is a list of our research efforts. To take part in one of our studies or learn more, please contact one of our research coordinators.
Chronic Abdominal Pain
In collaboration with the University of Washington School of Social Work, our investigators are working to help patients and their families understand and manage chronic abdominal pain in children. Learn more.
As one of 14 pediatric hospitals in the world participating in a study on childhood pancreatitis, our investigators' work aims to better understand recurrent and chronic pancreatitis in children. The goal of this research, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is to create better treatments for pancreatitis. Learn more about the INSPPIRE Pediatric Pancreatitis Research Project.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
As the first research center in the United States to receive federal approval to test the effectiveness of fecal transplants in pediatric patients with IBD, we are one of the only centers researching this treatment. We are also studying new treatments and special diets to manage the symptoms of IBD. Learn more.
Seattle Children's is also part of a national network called ImproveCareNow. In collaboration with other research centers and hospitals, we are analyzing and collecting data to improve the care of children with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
Our investigators are studying cutting-edge therapies for hepatitis B and hepatitis C. As a member of the Hepatitis B Research Network (HBRN), a group of seven pediatric centers from around North America, we are partnering to better understand these persistent infections and develop therapies for the HBV virus.
Fatty Liver Disease
As one of eight pediatric clinical centers of the Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis Clinical Research Network (NASH CRN), we are studying and collecting data to learn more about nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and conducting clinical studies on prevention and treatment. Children's is one of eight clinical centers in the NASH Clinical Research Network.
Cholestatic Liver Disease
Our investigators are part of the Childhood Liver Disease Research and Education Network (CHiLDREN) and are studying multiple types of cholestatic liver disease to provide a better understanding of these rare conditions and improve treatments available for them.
Pediatric Acute Liver Failure
Children’s is one of 12 hospitals in the NIH-sponsored multicenter Pediatric Acute Liver Failure (PALF) study group, whose efforts aim to improve how we care for patients with acute liver failure.
Children’s is an active member of the Studies of Pediatric Transplantation (SPLIT) study group. This multicenter study has data on more than 2,000 liver transplants in children; the goal is to collect and analyze this information to improve the care of pediatric liver patients. SPLIT provides vital data to the pediatric transplant community, including a better understanding of the issues patients and their families face.
Short Bowel Syndrome
Our team is conducting research studies on short bowel syndrome so that we may better understand this rare disorder and discover better treatment options for our patients.