Abdominal Pain Program Research

The Abdominal Pain Program has conducted many research studies to better understand the complex factors that contribute to abdominal pain in children and adolescents. We have presented our research at many national/international meetings and have published in professional journals. Hundreds of children have contributed to our research so far. Their time and energy has helped to improve the clinical services that we are able to provide to current and future patients.

Current Research Areas

  • Parental influences on children's chronic abdominal pain experiences: Exploring the relationship between parental protective behaviors and child quality of life
  • Understanding and treatment of functional gastrointestinal disorders in pediatric primary care practice
  • Understanding and treatment of functional gastrointestinal disorders in pediatric psychology practice
  • A re-evaluation of criteria for functional dyspepsia in children: Cluster and factor analysis

Studies Currently Enrolling

  • Intestinal permeability and serum zonulin concentration in children/adolescents with Functional Dyspepsia
  • Predictors of response to montelukast in children with functional dyspepsia
  • Microarray evaluation of duodenal mucosa in children with functional dyspepsia treated with montelukast
  • Evaluation of Liquid Gastric Emptying and Plasma Ghrelin in Children with Functional Dyspepsia

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