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FDA fosters development of pediatric medical devices

Narrator:       This is Science Today. Every week, a team of physicians, innovators, engineers and medical device industry experts get together at the University of California, San Francisco, to meet and discuss issues pertaining to children's health — particularly, the development of pediatric medical devices. Dr. Michael Harrison, a professor emeritus and pediatric surgeon, co-leads the team which is funded by the Food and Drug Administration.

Harrison:       So, what it allows us to do is foster very early projects. And so people come and if it's an interesting idea they want, a young engineer sitting there will say, "I'll work on it..." We just have the folks here to get projects off the ground and to carry them fairly far.

Narrator:       In fact, the team — called the Pediatric Device Consortium — is currently testing a magnetic device that can help correct sunken chest, which is one of the most common chest wall deformities in children.

Harrison:       We're starting into the second trial, it's a multi-center trial that will take a couple of years and then we hope to get a Humanitarian Device Exemption and then to get it out to the rest of the world.

Narrator:       For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.