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Urology Research

Clinical care of our pediatric patients is the primary focus of the Division of Pediatric Urology. Our secondary focus is to improve the urologic care of our children through high-impact research and active participation in national and international urologic communities.

Kidney Stones
Children’s of Alabama is a participating site of the Pediatric KIDney STone (PKIDS) Care Improvement Network. PKIDS is an integrated, collaborative organization composed of patients, caregivers and over 30 hospitals. Currently, PKIDS is conducting a pragmatic clinical trial comparing the effectiveness of various surgical modalities for youth aged 8-21 years with kidney and/or ureteral stones.

We are the primary research site for the Traumatic Renal Injury Consortium in Kids (TRICK), a national, multi-institutional renal trauma consortium. Member hospitals include Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Texas Children’s, and Children’s National in Washington D.C. Our work in this field was awarded best moderated poster at the American Urological Association Meeting in New Orleans in 2022.

Spina Bifida
We are a leading site in the CDC funded Spina Bifida Patient Registry since 2008. New projects were initiated with registry as a starting point. New research protocols are underway pursuing improvements of the transition of pediatric patients into adult care, as well as improving the fertility and reproductive health of adolescent and adult spina bifida individuals. 

Our Spina Bifida Program

Posterior Urethral Valves
Children’s of Alabama is involved in a multicenter study of posterior urethral valve patients, with the goal to better define the severity of the condition in each patient from an early age to best tailor care for each child.