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Centers and Research Programs

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Akron Children's Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute includes visionary centers of excellence that are dedicated to exploring forward-looking research fields with potential for novel investigative advances that will positively impact patient care and improve the health, well-being and quality of life of children and families in northeast Ohio and around the world.

With research studies being conducted by nearly 250 investigators in over 50 departments, research is part of the fabric of the culture at Akron Children's. Though our centers of research, we are building on the established foundation for pediatric research to develop a more cohesive research community where scientists and clinicians can partner, share ideas and benefit from the strength and synergy of the group.

Primary Centers of Research

Population and Health Services:
Focuses on chronic disease management, devices and procedures to support the care for diabetes, asthma, lead exposure and overall pediatric wellness. Also focuses research efforts on novel medications, devices and procedures including transforming care quality and outcomes, critical care transports, palliative care, patient experiences and procedural innovation.
Mark Redding, MD – Interim Research Program Director
Annette Mitzel, DNP, CNS, RN – Scientific and Operations Director

Brain, Mitochondrial and Muscle Health:
Develops new treatments and participates in laboratory stem cell experiments, observational and therapeutic clinical trials for mitochondrial diseases and mitochondrial dysfunction. Mitochondrial diseases and dysfunction are thought to serve at the core pathophysiology of many common diseases that include Diabetes, Alzheimer Disease, Parkinson Disease, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and some cancers.
Bruce Cohen, MD, FAAN – Research Program Director
Ron Novak, PhD, MPH, MPA – Scientific and Operations Director

Vision Sciences:
Works to discover conditions of the developing visual system, and surgical treatment paradigms and advancement of new drugs and devices to preserve and restore the sight of children.
Richard Hertle, MD, FAAO, FACS, FAAP – Research Program Director
Rachida Bouhenni, PhD – Scientific and Operations Director

Mentors and supports nurses in their quest to design and conduct investigations that contribute to nursing science and informs evidence-based, patient-centered best practices. Learn more.
Theresa Volsko, MBA, MHHS, RRT, CMTE, FAARC – Interim Director
Diane Wolski, BSN, RN – Nursing Research Council Chair

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