General Laboratory Description
Dr. King directs the Child Health and Education Laboratory, which focuses on children with chronic illness, specifically those with sickle cell disease or brain tumors. In addition, Dr. King currently directs the Heartland Sickle Cell Disease Network, a partnership with sickle cell disease care providers and community organizations to improve overall care and quality of life of patients with sickle cell disease in a four-state region that includes Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska.
General Description of Student Activities
Students are expected to complete at least one hypothesis-driven project focusing on either children with sickle cell disease or children with brain tumors. Projects could be a retrospective study or a cross-sectional, prospective study. The results will focus on educational and functional outcomes. OTD students are expected to publish a manuscript by the end of the final year. There may also be publication opportunities for MSOT students. Most of the research will be completed at St. Louis Children’s Hospital or at the Program in Occupational Therapy building. Students may occasionally need to drive if their project involves home interviews or community education programs. Some studies may involve evening or weekend research.
Examples of Projects
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