University of Missouri doctoral student Melanie Boeyer recently received a National Research Service Award (NRSA-F31) from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
The goal of her study, “Temporal Milestones During Childhood: Identification of a Maturational Spurt,” is to identify predictable changes in the way a child’s skeleton develops, as well as to characterize relationships between indications of skeletal maturity leading up to childhood and adolescent growth spurts. The overall impact of the research is in its utility for pediatric clinicians to develop informed, statistically-sound, individualized treatment plans, which will increase positive outcomes and patient quality of life.
This research is being performed under the guidance of Dana Duren, PhD, professor and director of orthopaedic research in MU’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Boeyer’s degree will be in the Integrative Anatomy concentration in the Pathobiology PhD program.