November 2017

Monthly Archive: November 2017

Nov 28 2017

CChIPS’ Annual Report Highlights Consortium’s Unique Synergy

The rapid translation of research results into new products, policies, and programs is a key part of the Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies’ (CChIPS) mission to spur innovations that keep children safe and healthy.

Each year, the Industry Advisory Board (IAB) of the CChIPS funds a portfolio of child safety-focused research projects. During the 2016-2017 CChIPS project year, the IAB funded 13 completed projects, spanning areas of focus including child-restraint design and performance, consumer/driver behavior, crash avoidance and autonomous vehicles, vehicle restraint performance, and crash test dummy biofidelity. Snapshots of these projects are available in the newly released 2017 CChIPS Annual Report: “Safe and Sound.”

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Nov 22 2017

A Heartfelt Thank You

Our days and weeks are packed – sometimes to the point of overflowing – with projects, meetings, and the regular day-to-day work that propels our discoveries and supports our investigators and their teams.

In the midst of being busy today and planning for tomorrow, it’s important for me to take a moment to express my gratitude to everyone for what they do to support the CHOP Research Institute.

While funding is certainly a critical factor in our flourishing research program, it has little significance without you – our innovative investigators and research teams, our dedicated support staff, our generous donors, and our inspiring patients and families. I am thankful for each and every one of you for your tireless support. Regardless of how you support the Research Institute – through your work, generosity, advocacy, and goodwill – please know that we could not accomplish what we do without you.

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Nov 20 2017

Researchers Get to the Root of Hunger in Primary Care

Around seven years ago during a well visit at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, a 12-year-old boy told Saba Khan, MD, an attending physician at CHOP, that there was one problem she could not fix. Intrigued, Dr. Khan asked him to explain further. At first hesitant, the young man finally explained what he meant. He had a pain in his belly that never went away, and he knew exactly what that pain was: Hunger. “I’m always hungry,” he said to Dr. Khan.

Dr. Khan was floored. At the time, she was unfamiliar about how to address the issue of food insecurity because she had not yet encountered it in primary care practice.

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Nov 17 2017

Artful Thinking, Teledermatology App, Genetic Mutations in Hearing Loss, Dr. Vinay Nadkarni

Art meets medicine and cell phones support skin diagnoses in this week’s roundup of research news at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, as our latest headlines show science can find the best partners in unlikely places. Along with a creative study on the power of art observation for ophthalmology led by Gil Binenbaum, MD, MSCE, pediatric eye surgeon at CHOP, we also cover updates from researchers developing a teledermatology app, learn about novel pathways in the gene mutations that cause hearing loss, and congratulate Vinay Nadkarni, MD, on his latest honor from the American Heart Association.

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Nov 15 2017

Powerful Collaborations Coalesce When the Research World Meets the Real World

Editor’s Note: Our guest blogger, Ayana Bradshaw, MPH, is the administrative director for the Center for Injury Research and Prevention and the Violence Prevention Initiative at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia, serving in this role for the past five years. She joined CIRP in 2006 as the center coordinator for the Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center where she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention violence prevention program.

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Nov 13 2017

Strengthening Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research: Antonio Rosato

From the time Antonio Rosato was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) at age 4½, his family was eager for him to participate in a clinical research trial. They wanted to give him access to the latest advances in pharmacological and disease management approaches for DMD, an opportunity that Antonio’s uncle Artie, who was diagnosed with the same neuromuscular disease four decades ago, did not have.

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Nov 8 2017

Is Mindfulness Important for Mothers of Babies With Heart Conditions?

The Findings:

A cardiac intensive care unit (CICU) filled with tiny infants connected to collections of tubes and buzzing monitors can be an intimidating and overwhelming place for a mother who is worried about her newborn with congenital heart disease (CHD). A Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia team of nurse researchers conducted a qualitative study in which mothers of babies who have a complex heart condition described the post-diagnostic period, surgery, and the CICU stay as extremely stressful. The researchers also examined mothers’ coping mechanisms, and they identified mindfulness as a potential helpful early intervention tool to reduce mothers’ stress.

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Nov 3 2017

Weight and CHD, Tumor Biology, I-ACT Grant, Mitochondrial Disease Guidelines

As the November chill settles in, warm up to new scientific discoveries and novel projects for improving children’s health from our researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In our roundup of research headlines, we share the latest findings on the biology of pediatric low-grade gliomas – the most common childhood brain tumor – congratulate Christopher Forrest, MD, in his role as co-investigator of a new FDA-funded clinical trials network, and give you the highlights on two new papers from researchers in mitochondrial medicine and cardiology.

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