Every week is full of discovery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Among the highlights this week are a significant discovery and new treatment option in a heart surgery complication that affects young patients; a study of how to predict infants’ later obesity risk; and a CHOP cancer immunotherapy story hitting the world stage at an international conference.
Monthly Archive: April 2016
It’s often surprising for parents to learn that their child has a kidney stone, a painful condition that is more common in adults but has dramatically increased in prevalence among pediatric patients over the last 25 years. Seeing this trend firsthand as a pediatric urologist and epidemiologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Gregory E. Tasian, MD, MSc, MSCE, realized that more research about pediatric kidney stone disease was desperately needed.
The Research Trainee Advisory Committee at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute has named Hakon Hakonarson, MD, PhD, the inaugural winner of its Award for Excellence in Mentoring Research Trainees. The award recognizes faculty who effectively guide and monitor advanced training and professional development of research trainees at CHOP.
This week’s In the News tackles some risky business, from youth violence, to novice drivers, and the relationship between obesity in adolescence and sexual behavior. Read on to find out how researchers are exploring new approaches to these complex issues.
When you have a chronic allergic disorder, it’s easy to blame the trigger — an early pollen season or furry pet — but the real culprit is your own immune system. Designed to attack foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses, T cells are the immune system’s watchdog to recognize serious threats. But sometimes T cells can be too zealous and set in motion a signaling cascade that can cause allergic reactions to everyday things and even attack your body’s healthy cells by mistake.
As newly appointed chair of the research committee for the national patient-centered clinical research network called PCORnet, he is helping research studies take shape to include a participant population of up to 80 million Americans who are part of 33 large research networks.
This week’s stories have elements that sound like fiction, but all are real, new scientific and medical findings: A condition that turns the body’s soft tissues into bone has new hope for a future treatment. Genetic superheroes walk among us, and they may not even know it. And pediatricians may have a tool to double their success in helping their patients’ parents quit smoking.
No teenager wants to trade the sweaty palms and fluttering heartbeats that come with a first date or romantic relationship for real dread, fear, or even injury from dating violence. But it is a sad fact that emotional abuse, physical violence, and sexual violence do occur among some teen dating couples.
Check out the most exciting research news from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia this week. From leading a group of international researchers who identified a new syndrome to working on a prestigious panel that will give guidance about ways to advance treatments for children with cancer, CHOP researchers are putting pediatric research in motion.
A new issue of Bench to Bedside, the monthly newsmagazine from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute, is now available! This month’s issue includes several stories that show that, sometimes, it takes some setbacks to pave a new and unexpected path to success in research.