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News Monday, August 21, 2017

Meet the research staff at Salt Lake City Shriners Hospital

Research helps orthopaedic expertise rise to the next level

Research is an important part of the Shriners Hospitals for Children mission, which is to “conduct research to discover new knowledge that improves the quality of care and quality of life of children and families.” The research team at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City includes Bruce MacWilliams, Ph.D., Spencer Hawkes, M.S., Vivian Garcia and Janice Davis. 

Clinical research is the study of health and disease in humans. When research staff talk to a patient regarding a study, they are initiating the most critical piece of a research study, the informed consent process. Informed consent is when all details of a study are explained to a potential participant such as the reason, length and medical procedures required for the study. Though the consent form is required, all study participants are considered volunteers and may withdraw from a study at any time.

The research team is looking for participants for the following studies: The Children’s Spine Registry – for children under 7 who have spinal defects. Legg-Calvé-Perthes – this study compares surgical and nonsurgical treatments for children up to 18 with this type of hip disorder. Surgical Treatment for Tibial Malrotation – in children, ages 7–21. Please contact a research team member with any leads.

To contact the research department, please call 801-536-3602.

Pictured: The Salt Lake City Shriners Hospital research staff from left to right: Vivian Garcia, Janice Davis, Bruce MacWilliams, Ph.D., and Spencer Hawkes, M.S.