At Shriners Hospitals for Children, the health and safety of our patients, families, volunteers and staff is our top priority. With the rapidly evolving situation regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), we are closely monitoring updates and alerts from local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and are actively following their recommendations.

Please note that Shriners Hospitals for Children does not administer COVID-19 testing or treatment at this time. If your child has an upcoming appointment and you or your child are exhibiting a cough, fever, chills, shortness of breath or flu like symptoms, please contact your local Shriners Hospitals for Children location to reschedule the appointment.

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Research

Research

Research and education is an integral part of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Erie. Our mission is to conduct research to best understand the complexities of the children we serve and implement evidence-based treatment strategies that make a difference.

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Erie’s state-of-the-art motion analysis center provides for study of motion strategies across a broad spectrum of diagnoses, from children with cerebral palsy to adolescents with sports injuries. Collaborating with local universities and regional health care centers provides for a team approach to research that may not otherwise be available in a small outpatient center.

Remaining active in conference presentations provides Shriners Hospitals for Children — Erie the opportunity to engage much larger research institutions, thereby remaining cutting edge in our techniques and program development. Including research and education as a part of our mission distinguishes Shriners Hospitals for Children — Erie from standard ambulatory medical models across the nation.

Recently published collaborative research papers include:

  • Multisegment Foot Kinematic and Kinetic Compensations in Level and Uphill Walking Following Tibiotalar Arthrodesis. Bruening DA, Cooney TE, Ray MS, Daut GA, Cooney KM, Galey SM. Foot & Ankle International, 37(10), 1119-1129, 2016.
  • Cervical Spine Motion during Football Equipment Removal Protocols: A Challenge to the All-or-Nothing Endeavor. Jacobson B, Cendoma M, Gdovin J, Cooney KM, Bruening DA. Journal of Athletic Training, 49(1), 42-48, 2014.
  • Comparison of hierarchical and six degrees-of-freedom marker sets in analyzing gait kinematics. Schmitz A, Buczek FL, Bruening D, Rainbow MJ, Cooney KM, Thelen D. Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, 199-207, March 2015.