May 2013

Monthly Archive: May 2013

May 31 2013

Mighty Mitochondria

mitochondriaWallace studies mitochondria, tiny structures that serve as our cells’ “power plants,” converting food and oxygen into energy. Mitochondria are actually symbiotic bacteria that invaded our cells more than 2 billion years ago.

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May 28 2013

Center for Injury Research and Prevention Awarded for Teen Driving Initiative

teenFor several years, the Teen Driver Safety Research team at the Center for Injury Research & Prevention (CIRP) at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has strived to reduce the frequency and severity of teens’ motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and fatalities.

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May 23 2013

Grant to Fund Behavioral Health Interventions in Philadelphia School District

behavioralThe failure to address the emotional and behavioral problems of school-age children can have serious, life-changing ramifications, including poor grades, suspension and expulsion, and problems with the law later in life.

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May 21 2013

Muscular Dystrophy Association Grant Could Lead to Ground-Breaking Treatment

Muscular DystrophyA new grant award will allow an investigator at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to study the effectiveness of certain drugs called retinoid agonists in slowing or preventing muscle degeneration in individuals with muscular dystrophy.

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May 17 2013

Study Identifies BMI-Associated Loci in Individuals of African Descent

BMIStruan Grant, PhD, associate director of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Applied Genomics (CAG), co-authored a study that discovered new loci associated with body mass index (BMI) in adults of African ancestry.

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May 15 2013

Turning Stem Cells into Brain Cells Sheds Light on Neural Development

stem cellsStem cells have the unique ability to develop, or differentiate, into other kinds of cells in the body. Researchers have now manipulated human stem cells so that they produce the types of brain cells that play important roles in neurodevelopmental disorders such as epilepsy, schizophrenia, and autism.

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May 14 2013

Report Recommends Changes to Best Protect Children in Car Crashes

crashesKristy Arbogast, PhD, director of engineering at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at CHOP, led the report, which reviewed the current science and data regarding rear seat occupant safety.

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May 7 2013

CHOP, Penn Study Shows Less-Used HIV Drug More Effective for Infected Children

HIVResearchers from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Perelman School of Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania, along with colleagues at the Botswana-Baylor Children’s Clinical Centre of Excellence, conducted the first large-scale comparison the two drugs, efavirenz and nevirapine.

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May 2 2013

CHOP, Penn Gene Therapy Trial for Blindness Honored

blindnessA groundbreaking clinical trial of gene therapy for a form of congenital blindness, sponsored by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in collaboration with Penn Medicine, was recently recognized with the Distinguished Clinical Research Achievement Award from the Clinical Research Forum, an organization of clinical research centers, industry, and volunteer groups.

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