Jan 19 2017

Vaccine Education Center Helps Parents Sort Out Vaccine Safety


By Paul Offit, MD

Paul OffitEditor’s Note: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia physician and Vaccine Education Center Director Paul Offit, MD, is co-creator of the rotavirus vaccine, Rotateq®, and an advocate for vaccine safety, childhood immunization, and stricter vaccine waiver requirements. He also is the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2015, Dr. Offit was inducted into the American Academy for Arts and Sciences and joined the class of 2015 Fellows elected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which recognizes individuals for their contributions to science and technology. In 2016, Dr. Offit won the Franklin Founder Award from the city of Philadelphia, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal, and the Jonathan E. Rhoads Medal for Distinguished Service to Medicine from the American Philosophical Society.

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Jan 13 2017

CHOP Research In the News: Plastic Bronchitis, NICU Outcomes, Teen Drivers

CHOP Research In the NewsThe year is off to a great start, with plenty of research news to report. This biweekly installment of In the News describes a new study in the emerging field of lymphatics, shares an editorial on advancements in neonatology, and highlights research to keep teen drivers safe.

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Jan 12 2017

Novel Imaging Tool Estimates Energy Production in Mitochondrial Diseases

mitochondrial diseaseFitness tools that monitor your daily use of energy, from counting steps to tracking sleep, have exploded in popularity. Researchers are developing better noninvasive, high-resolution methods to estimate how well the fundamental source of that energy — your mitochondria — are working, and they have recently had some important successes.

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Jan 03 2017

Looking Ahead to Having a Bigger Impact and Greater Success


By Bryan A. Wolf, MD, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer and Director of the Research Institute

I always look toward the new year with great optimism and hope, to the promise and potential it brings, and to the experiences that will shape us individually, professionally, and organizationally.

When I reflect upon the past year at the CHOP Research Institute and look at our plans moving forward, I will say we have a lot to be excited about. We recently completed the tremendous amount of work that came with our strategic planning process. That involved taking a close look at how we function as an Institute, at our various programs and organizational strengths, and making honest assessments of what we can improve upon, where we want to go, and how to get there.

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Dec 30 2016

CHOP Research In the News: Rose Bowl Parade, Asthma, Cardiac Imaging, Pediatric Leukemia, Immune Response

CHOP Research In the NewsThe end of the year has come up fast, and so have important advances in pediatric research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This week’s In the News starts off with a celebration of two remarkable patients and their dedicated pediatric oncologist.

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Dec 27 2016

Our 12 Top Stories Show Great Things Happened for Children’s Health in 2016

children's healthAs we approach the end of 2016, for good or ill, this time of year lends itself to reflection. To look back over these 12 months in research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, we’ve decided to pick 12 of the most popular stories we’ve brought you in the past year. While any year has its hardships and its triumphs, we’re proud to say that this selection of stories is just a small glimpse of how much smart scientists, committed healthcare providers, dedicated families, and other supporters, can achieve together in advancing the discovery of better ways to help more children grow up healthy and strong. Because we can only pick a few highlights, for the purposes of this post we’ve chosen our top three most popular or engaging stories from four different places we share them — Cornerstone, Bench to Bedside, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Dec 22 2016

‘Tis the Season to Thank Our Research Volunteers

By Chris Gantz, MBA

Editor’s Note: This blog originally appeared on the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia blog. View the original blog post here.

Working at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) during this time of year is incredibly gratifying. In the past few weeks I have heard literally dozens of stories about groups of employees coming together to raise money for charities; conduct drives for food, toys and books; work to help the homeless; and “adopt” families to ensure that children being treated at the hospital and their parents have an enjoyable holiday.

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Dec 20 2016

New Strategies Needed to Reduce Children’s Exposure to Antibiotics

antibioticsSometimes half is better than whole. That’s the idea behind a new multicenter study that Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is participating in to compare a five-day (short) course of antibiotic therapy with a 10-day (standard) course of therapy to treat community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in children.

Pneumonia is a lung infection that is the leading infectious cause of death in children younger than 5 years old worldwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Streptococcus pneumoniae is a common cause of bacterial pneumonia in preschool-age children, and usually physicians prescribe an oral beta-lactam antibiotic, such as amoxicillin, as a first-line treatment for 10 days. Researchers concerned about antibiotic resistance and adverse drug effects want to know if they can cut that treatment time in half without sacrificing effectiveness.

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Dec 16 2016

CHOP Research In the News: Global Trial of CTL019, Gene Therapy for Hemophilia, Child Abuse Within Military, New Radiologist-in-Chief, ADHD in Preschool

CHOP Research In the NewsYour holiday season has been hectic, no doubt. Catch up with an early gift from us: Our biweekly roundup of research news from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia comes with all the trimmings!

This installment shares the latest findings reported by CHOP researchers at The American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual meeting on advances in immunotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and gene therapy for hemophilia. Find out about new PolicyLab research that raises concerns about Army-reported rates of child abuse. Meet CHOP’s new Radiologist in Chief. And see coverage by The New York Times on a study of guidelines that included a new category for preschool attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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Dec 13 2016

Frankly, My Dear, That’s Clear to an Expert: A Q&A on ‘Frank’ Presentations of Autism


Ashley de Marchena, PhD (left) and Judith Miller, PhD (right)

There is an adage that goes, “If you’ve met one person on the autism spectrum, you’ve met one person on the autism spectrum.” Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is so varied in its manifestation of behavioral and social differences that it is hard to make any blanket assumptions about any individual’s abilities, impairments, or interests based on that diagnosis. But one thing that a lot of individuals on the spectrum have in common is that their autism sometimes seems immediately obvious to clinicians who specialize in ASD when they meet them — even before they begin a diagnostic evaluation.

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