August 2018

Monthly Archive: August 2018

Aug 10 2018

In the News: Foerderer Awards, Megyn Kelly Today, Mitochondria and Aging, Pediatric Device Consortium, Breaking Through Podcast

Are you looking for a little inspiration during these dog days of summer? This week’s roundup of research headlines features a fresh lineup of projects and people that get us excited for the months to come. Discover how an autoimmune disorder diagnosis changed one CHOP family’s life (and landed them on national TV), learn about six exciting pediatric medical devices (including one from a CHOP investigator) that recently received seed grant funding from the Philadelphia Pediatric Medical Device Consortium, and see the different ways our investigators and staff are reaching outside hospital walls to make an impact on children’s health in the media.

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Aug 8 2018

New FVIII Center Crosses Disciplines to Reach Answers for Hemophilia A

Hematologists have grappled for many years to understand the basic mechanisms underlying why some young patients with the inherited bleeding disorder hemophilia A develop inhibitory antibodies, also known as factor VIII (FVIII) inhibitors, to protein replacement therapy. The presence of FVIII inhibitors is a serious obstacle that makes it difficult and extremely expensive to treat their hemophilia, leads to complications such as joint disease, and increases mortality.

Such a major challenge requires major brain power. So the National Institutes of Health called on the scientific community to reframe the question: Why is FVIII so immunogenic?

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Aug 3 2018

Martha Curley, RN, PhD, ‘Challenges the Givens’ Through Nursing Research

Editor’s Note: In our Meet Our Investigators series on Cornerstone, get to know our remarkable researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute: a colorful collection of profiles that bring out the personality and passion of faculty members who have recently joined the Research Institute.

Name: Martha A.Q. Curley, RN, PhD

Title: Ruth M. Colket Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nursing

Joined the Research Institute: January 2018. I have been on the faculty at University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing for past 11 years, with a joint appointment in Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Hometown: Springfield, Mass.

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Aug 1 2018

Curious to Confident: Students Bask in Summer Research Experience

Six students from local under-resourced schools eagerly swapped sunglasses for safety goggles and got to work this summer in some of the most sophisticated research laboratories on campus at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute.

The students navigated real-world research settings, practiced lab skills, explored scientific and medical career options, and met mentors who are dedicated to advancing pediatric medicine, as part of the six-week CHOP Research Internship for Scholars and Emerging Scientists (CHOP-RISES) summer internship. The new program is offered by the Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs (ATOP) at the Research Institute.

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