The lab aims to unravel the causes of these conditions, develop new evaluation tools and assess treatment outcomes. Ultimately, we aim to improve care for children with conditions that affect the head and neck.
Establishing a Network to Study Craniofacial Microsomia
The lab's current research includes projects to establish a network of medical centers to study craniofacial microsomia, create new techniques using 3-D images to quantify craniofacial variation and develop standardized descriptions for typical and atypical facial phenotypes, or physical characteristics.
To conduct this critical work, the lab collaborates closely with other experts in Seattle Children's Craniofacial Center and the Craniofacial Outcomes Research and Epidemiology (CORE) Group, in addition to national and international collaborators. This team approach enables researchers to draw on a variety of methods and perspectives, accelerating progress toward the development of techniques that could improve the lives of children worldwide.
Carrie L. Heike, MD, MS, is an attending physician at Seattle Children's Hospital and an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She was trained at the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed her clinical fellowship in Seattle Children's Craniofacial Center in 2006.
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