Pediatric research

Much of the ongoing HBOT pediatric research is focused on measuring the treatment’s effectiveness in reducing the symptoms of Autism. Current ongoing research includes:

  • A study, sponsored by Pediatric Partners of Ponte Vedra, to measure the effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy on cognitive function on Autistic Spectrum Disordered children, in which it is hoped that improvement in cognitive function will correlate positively with the number of Hyperbaric Oxygenation Therapy sessions.95
  • A study, sponsored by The International Child Development Resource Center, to measure the effect of hyperbaric therapy on markers of oxidative stress in children with Autism, in order to test the therapy for safety.96
  • A study, sponsored by The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, to measure the effects of Hyperbaric Oxygenation Therapy on adaptive, aberrant and stereotyped behaviors in children With Autism, in order to evaluate the cognitive and behavioral effects of Hyperbaric Oxygenation Therapy in children who present with a diagnosis of autism and other developmental disabilities.97

Recently completed studies of the use of HBOT in the treatment of Autism include:

  • A controlled trial, sponsored by the international Hyperbarics Association, of the clinical effects of hyperbaric therapy in Autistic children, in order to verify the results of an earlier study undertaken without a placebo or control group.98
  • A pilot study, sponsored by the University of California, San Francisco, collaborating with the University of California, Davis, measuring the effect of hyperbaric oxygen treatment on behavioral and biomarker measures in children with autism. The study hoped specifically to demonstrate that HBOT is safe and tolerable in autistic children, as well as to measure the effect of HBOT on specific chemicals in their blood that may play a role in the child’s behavior.99
  • A study, sponsored by Thoughtful House, to measure the effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy on children with Autism.100

Other ongoing pediatric research includes:

  • A study, sponsored by Wright State University and collaborating with the Department of Defense, Children’s Medical Center of Dayton and Kettering Medical Center, evaluating hyperbaric treatments for children with Cerebral Palsy, in which the effectiveness of hyperbaric treatments and the potential longer-term effects in children between the ages of 3 and 8 years with spastic cerebral palsy is being measured.101

Notes
95http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00631215?recr=Open&cond=hyperbaric&state1=NA%3AUS&rank=9
96http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00263367?term=hyperbaric&rank=19
97http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00404846?term=hyperbaric+oxygen+therapy&rank=32
98http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00335790?term=hyperbaric+oxygen+therapy&rank=29
99http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00584480?term=hyperbaric+oxygen+therapy&rank=57
100http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00406159?term=hyperbaric&rank=12
101http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00290186?term=hyperbaric&rank