Brain disorders are the leading cause of death and chronic morbidity among children in the United States. Although the causes of brain disorders are different for each child, the long-term consequences are often sadly similar. Weeks and even months in the hospital are followed by an increased probability of lifelong neurological disabilities. Treatment of these disabilities in the United States costs more than $5 billion dollars annually, but the intangible impact upon each child and family is impossible to calculate.
Physician scientists at the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital are conducting groundbreaking research into fetal and childhood brain development that could significantly improve outcomes for children with brain disorders. This work holds tremendous promise not only for children with brain disorders, but for people of all ages who live with neurological disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, autism, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke and traumatic brain injury.
By supporting pediatric neurosciences research at Doernbecher, donors can make a profound difference in the lives of the most vulnerable patients and their families.