January 2019

Monthly Archive: January 2019

Jan 16 2019

Super Sleuths to Unravel Perplexing Pediatric Cases in Undiagnosed Diseases Network

Dealing with a mystery illness that doesn’t appear to match any conditions described in medical textbooks can entangle families on a diagnostic odyssey for years and even decades. Dozens of examinations, a barrage of tests, multiple misdiagnoses, and trips in and out of hospitals can leave them exhausted and no closer to knowing what is wrong with their child.

Those struggling to find a diagnosis can now turn to a new team of super sleuths from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania who are ready to unravel these perplexing diseases, in both children and adults. The two institutions received $2.5 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health as a newly designated Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) site.

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Jan 14 2019

Why is Targeting GRP75 a Novel Strategy for Treatment of Friedreich Ataxia?

The findings:

Friedreich ataxia (FRDA) is a rare, progressive autosomal recessive neurodegenerative disease characterized by progressive gait and limb ataxia; cerebellar, pyramidal, and dorsal column involvement; visual defects; scoliosis; and cardiomyopathy. FRDA is caused by transcriptional silencing of the frataxin gene and consequential deficiency of frataxin, a mitochondrial protein crucial for iron–sulphur cluster biogenesis and adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production. ATP stores and transports chemical energy within cells. Currently, no therapy is available to slow down the progression of FRDA.

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Jan 11 2019

In the News: New Treatment Option for Ph+ ALL, Video Game for Autism and Co-occurring ADHD, Science of Pediatric Palliative Care, Frontier Programs Named

In this edition of In the News, learn about digital medicine and what it means for children with autism spectrum disorder and co-occurring attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Read about a variation in care study, a recent FDA approved drug treatment for a specific childhood cancer, and why two Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia researchers are calling for improved pediatric palliative care measures. And lastly, join us in celebrating the addition of six new initiatives to CHOP’s Frontier Programs.  

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Jan 4 2019

Updated Common Rule Modernizes Protections for Research Participants

Editor’s Note: After over five years of discussion from the advance notice of proposed rulemaking and two implementation delays, it appears that changes to the Common Rule regulations overseeing human subjects research (45 CFR 46) are finally set to go into effect Jan. 21. Heather Cathrall, MBE, CIP, assistant director of Institutional Review Board (IRB) Operations at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, explains what researchers need to know about the revised Common Rule. Protecting human participants in biomedical research is a top priority at CHOP Research Institute, and the IRB team is revising its electronic IRB system, standard operating procedures, templates, and webpage to comply with these new regulations. Also, the IRB is leading a series of trainings for CHOP investigators, study staff, IRB members, and IRB staff.

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