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Following the principle of translational medicine, we carry out a number of projects in the pediatric surgery clinic, both in the research laboratory and in clinical research. Combining our results from both fields of research, we are always determined to transfer new results in the treatment of these complex diseases.

As a center for the treatment of innervation disorders and developmental disorders of the gastrointestinal tract in children, we maintain numerous collaborations with other institutions.

Our pediatric surgical research team at the Center for Medical Research (ZMF), together with Prof. K-H. Schäfer’s team at the University of Kaiserslautern, Campus Zweibrücken, constitute the “Enteric Nervous System” (AGENS) working group.


• Working Group “Enteric Nervous System” (AGENS), University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern, Campus Zweibrücken (Prof. Dr. med. Karl-Herbert Schäfer)

• Institute of Human Genetics, University of Heidelberg (Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Beate Niesler)

• Pediatric Surgery Clinic, University Hospital Heidelberg (Dr. med. Philipp Romero)

• Pediatric Surgery Clinic, University Hospital Basel (Prof. Dr. Stefan Holland-Cunz)

• Institute of Neurophysiology, Mannheim Centre of Translational Neurosciences (Prof. Dr. Rolf-Detlef Treede)

• Pediatric Surgery Clinic, Baschkir State Medical University Ufa, Russia (Prof. Pavlov)

Our main researchtopics

Basic and Translational Research:

  • Morbus Hirschsprung
  • Short Bowel Syndrome
  • Motility disturbances of the Gastrointestinal tract
  • Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
  • Tissue Engineering

Clinical Research:

  • Surgery of the newborn (Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia esophageal atresia)
  • Short Bowel Syndrome
  • Morbus Hirschsprung
  • Trauma surgery and fractures in children (AFIC study)
  •  Thermal injuries (BurnCase 3D) and scar therapy


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