Curiosity is one of the driving traits of a stellar researcher, and throughout her career, pioneering sleep researcher Carole Marcus, MBBCh, had an unwavering fascination with sleep medicine. Upon her unexpected recent death, we take a look back over her years of exceptional leadership and clinical research as director of the Sleep Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the CHOP Clinical and Translational Research Center/Center for Human Phenomic Science. She also worked closely with colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania as associate director of the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics, and was an outstanding and generous mentor for many fellows and faculty, having earned the CHOP Faculty Mentor Award in 2015.
Category Archive: Sleep Center
Rounding out a week of soaring temperatures and some exciting research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, we bring you this week’s headline highlights.
Our news highlights this week include new evidence-based sleep recommendations; a new champion for helping military families navigate children’s healthcare issues; a lifesaving solution to a mysterious surgical side effect; and an encouraging finding to help children predisposed to fragile bones grow up stronger.
Dr. Marcus continues to find practicing sleep medicine extremely gratifying because she often sees how diagnosing sleep problems and then recommending appropriate therapies can make a huge difference in patients’ and families’ lives.
A consistent bedtime routine makes a difference in children’s sleep outcomes, according to a study that included mothers of 10,000 young children from 14 countries.
New research by a sleep expert at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia shows that a high prevalence of a spectrum of sleep problems occurs across all months of pregnancy, and that napping during the day should be considered the norm for moms-to-be.
Christopher B. Forrest, MD, PhD, a CHOP pediatrician, recently received a two-year grant to develop PROMIS pediatric sleep health measures that will fill this gap and enable patients and their families to express exactly how health conditions and treatments affect their sleep.
Obesity and OSAS often exist simultaneously, and both conditions have been associated with neurobehavioral changes such as problems with regulating emotions, school performance, attention, and alertness.
Researchers from the Sleep Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia are set to launch the “Steroids for Pediatric Research in Kids (SPARK)” trial in September that will investigate the use of nasal corticosteroids as a possible treatment for OSAS.
While obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is a relatively common condition, affecting about 2 percent to 4 percent of young children, the scientific community is just opening its eyes to pediatric sleep disorders.