Category Archive: University of Pennsylvania

Jan 17 2018

‘Like’ This: PolicyLab Uses Social Media to Support New Moms

From Facebook pages to Twitter feeds, social media has transformed how we communicate and gather news about our world. Seventy-five percent of today’s parents use social media according to a Pew Center Research report, and 79 percent of those parents reported that they learned beneficial information from logging onto their channels. James Guevara, MD, MPH, pediatrician and a founding member of PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, has seen the power of these platforms at work while conducting research into mothers with postpartum depression.

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Jan 11 2018

Is Autism Associated With Stronger or Weaker Brain Connections?

The Finding:

In a new study that sheds light on a longstanding paradox in autism research, investigators showed how children and teens with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can have both stronger and weaker brain connections than their typically developing peers. Resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) revealed that while individuals with ASD have weaker brain connections compared to their peers overall (a measure known as absolute connectivity), they simultaneously exhibited stronger connections within the brain networks implicated in attention and social cognition compared to their other networks (a measure known as relative connectivity). Additionally, the more these brain connections differed from typical development, the more severe the child’s ASD symptoms seemed to be.

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Dec 21 2017

Groundbreaking Gene Therapy Approved for Inherited Retinal Blindness

More than a decade of studies led by researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania culminated this week with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of an innovative one-time gene therapy product indicated for the treatment of patients with a rare, inherited form of retinal blindness.

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Oct 24 2017

Invite to Innovation: Penn Health-Tech Bridges Gaps in Medical Device Ecosystem

How do you turn an idea into an invention, a discovery into a device, or a project into a product that will impact how we care for children and drive innovation? Whether it’s finding funding, partnering with the right team members, or accessing the most effective resources, researchers and entrepreneurs face many barriers before they’re able to bring an idea to the bedside. With the launch of the new Center for Health, Devices, and Technology (Penn Health-Tech), faculty members at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia now have the opportunity to access a main ingredient that helps to break through many of those barriers: connections.

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Aug 4 2017

Got Skills? What it Takes to be a Learning Health System Researcher

learning-health-system_cropDon’t let those crisp, white lab coats fool you. While researchers share the ultimate goal of reaching new findings that can advance the best possible medical care, they aren’t all the same.

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Jul 13 2017

CTL019 Wins FDA Panel Support, Driving with ADHD, High School Football, New Genetic Syndrome, Teen Bone Growth, Missed Nursing Care

CHOP Research In the NewsCAR T-cell therapy tops this week’s research roundup, with news about the experimental immunotherapy designed to re-engineer a patient’s cells to fight cancer making late-breaking and captivating headlines across the nation.

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Jun 8 2017

Tuning in to Violence Prevention Initiative and Youth’s Voice in Research

The Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is a standout example of how our research is taking hold in communities, and now the entire country knows more about it after a live broadcast by “Good Morning America” at our Karabots Pediatric Care Center featuring an interview with Madeline Bell, president and chief executive officer of CHOP.

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May 11 2017

How Can We Improve Nurse Response Times to Bedside Alarms?

When it comes to bedside alarms for conditions like low oxygen saturation, tachycardia, or cardiac arrhythmias, four main factors contribute to faster nurse response times.

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May 9 2017

Scientific Symposium Emphasizes Future Directions of Research Institute

symposiumSynapses were firing throughout the conference room in the Colket Translational Research Building as attendees at the 2017 Research Institute Scientific Symposium held May 2 learned about their colleagues’ intriguing research endeavors.

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Apr 11 2017

Flaura Winston Recognized With 2017 Women in Business Healthcare Awards

Flaura WinstonDr. Winston was recognized as the “Best Children’s Health Executive” and “Best Child Healthcare Service & Pediatrician of the Year 2017” for the state of Pennsylvania from the UK-based publication, Women In Business Worldwide.

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