Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Helps Advance UI Ponseti Method

The University of Iowa's Ponseti Method, a manipulative technique that corrects congenital clubfoot without invasive surgery, was featured recently on PBSNewsHour.

For more than a decade, the UI Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CBCB) has led the development and maintenance of the computing infrastructure to support clubfoot treatment and research worldwide. With support from USAID and multiple non-profit organizations that treat children with clubfoot on 6 continents, the CBCB plays a key role in the collection of patient data in remote clinics in the developing world. A database system called the ICR (International Clubfoot Registry) has collected treatment information on more than 20,000 children worldwide. The information is utilized by UI doctors at the Ponseti International Association (PIA) who provide training and follow up on hundreds of physicians each year around the world. The data also plays a key role in research to discover the causes of clubfoot and new ways to prevent its occurrence.

PBSNewsHour special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on how a charity, MiracleFeet, is trying to bring the cure to children in India. To read the PBSNewsHour story, go to

To read the July 6 New York Times coverage, go to