Jun 21 2019

Off Campus: Shall We Dance?

By Nancy McCann

Editor’s note: We’ve started a new occasional blog series! Do you ever wonder what our super-docs and super-staff do on the weekends, during their downtime? Well, our Research Communications team did, and we created “Off Campus” to discover what our amazing Research Institute employees do for fun, recreation, and the good of their communities. Get a glimpse into their lives once they take off their capes … umm, we mean lab coats and business shoes. And if you know someone in your department or lab with a fascinating hobby or interest, we’d like to hear about it

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Jun 20 2019

National Distinction Awarded to CHOP Divisions

By Jillian Rose Lim

We are proud to share that Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has once again been ranked one of the nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S.News & World Report, marking the 15th consecutive year that our divisions have received top-notch distinctions. CHOP secured second place in the 2019-2020 Honor Roll of Best Children’s Hospitals, a list that seeks to provide an answer to the question that crosses almost every family’s mind: “Which hospitals are best prepared to care for the sickest kids?”

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Jun 18 2019

Novel Approaches to Data Analysis Lead to Discovery at SAGES

By Barbara Drosey

Recognizing the importance of providing context for the rapid advances in whole exome and genome sequencing, data collection, and biological information, Marcella Devoto, PhD, developed the Symposium on Advances in Genomics, Epidemiology, and Statistics (SAGES) with colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University, and the National Human Genome Research Institute to create a space for colleagues to address these analytical challenges.

“One of its major strengths is the span of research in the areas of genomics that SAGES covers, from statistical methods to clinical applications,” said Dr. Devoto, a researcher in the division of Human Genetics at CHOP and professor of Pediatric, Genetics, and Epidemiology at Penn.

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Jun 14 2019

In the News: Eagles Autism Challenge, ASCO Young Investigator, Innovation in Collaboration, Trauma and Development, Post-Injury Mental Health, AWHONN Award

We’re sailing into the middle of June with yet another set of exciting headlines, from the fundraising results of this the 2019 Eagles Autism Challenge, to two new awards that support researchers in our Cancer Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, to novel insights into mental health after a serious injury, and to discoveries about the impact of trauma and poverty on brain development. Read on for the latest CHOP research news!

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Jun 10 2019

Researchers Study How To Enhance Self-management of Survivors of Childhood Cancer

by lavigne

Adolescents and young adults with a history of cancer may seem prepared to handle anything that comes their way and want to move on with their lives. Unfortunately, too often what gets left behind is cancer survivors’ commitment to engaging in long-term follow-up care. As their recommended annual appointment rolls around, they may not be motivated to take it seriously when they’re asymptomatic and feeling fine. 

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Jun 7 2019

Fusing Computational Genomics and Functional Genomics To Elucidate Disease

Harnessing the power of big data and machine learning as a digital crystal ball, 2019 Research Scientific Symposium Keynote Speaker Olga Troyanskaya, PhD, showed the audience how her lab is delving into biochemical activity in the vast non-coding regions of the genome to make predictions about genetic variants’ causal connections to rare diseases and complex common disorders. 

A professor at the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics and the Department of Computer Science at Princeton University, Dr. Troyanskaya wants to find the meaning in the mountain of information genomic databases have compiled in recent years. While each single-nucleotide variant associated with a disease is a stepping stone, she encouraged researchers to reach a greater understanding of specific variants’ function, their effects on gene expression, and how they may influence disease risk and pathophysiology. 

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Jun 5 2019

Consortium Guides Innovation in Pediatric Medical Devices

By Barbara Drosey

You’re a renowned pediatric plastic surgeon with a novel idea: a noninvasive solution to correct infant ear deformities that can save a child from potential self-esteem and functional issues. After creating a simple prototype of a molding device, you know you’re on the right track, but what are the next steps to ensure this solution reaches the right patients?

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May 31 2019

In the News: Repeat Concussions, Epilepsy Gene, Skin Patch for EoE, Food Insecurity Screening, New Director of Academic General Pediatrics Fellowship

By Nancy McCann

Happy unofficial start to summer 2019! If you find yourself looking for something good to read on the beach, in the backyard, or floating on a boat, here you go. Discover which Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia docs and researchers have been in the news recently. We’re covering the risk of repeat concussions, a best method to screen for food insecurity, and a newly discovered causative gene for severe childhood epilepsy.

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May 29 2019

2019 Scientific Symposium Sparks Discussions on Big Data

By Jillian Rose Lim, Barbara Drosey, Sharlene George, and Nancy McCann

Researchers exchanged big ideas about big data at the 2019 Scientific Symposium, an event that brought together the bright minds of our Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia research community. A lineup of thought-provoking speakers from CHOP and the University of Pennsylvania shared presentations corresponding with the symposium’s themes, “Big Data” and “Today’s Discoveries and Tomorrow’s Possibilities.” 

“The goal [of this symposium] is to highlight the tremendous advances by CHOP investigators in the booming fields of computational biology, data science, and genomics,” said Yi Xing, PhD, chair of the event and director of the Center for Computational and Genomic Medicine at CHOP. 

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May 22 2019

Babette Zemel, PhD, Recognized at 2019 Scientific Symposium for Mentoring

By Jillian Rose Lim

The 2019 Scientific Symposium, held today, May 22, celebrates the Research Institute’s remarkable scientific community: a diverse group of thought leaders, innovators, experts, and early career scientists committed to advancing children’s health. Within this community, faculty mentors play an important role in shaping our culture of research excellence by sharing their wisdom and guidance. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Faculty Mentor Award, which was presented at this morning’s symposium, is a special honor given to faculty investigators whose mentoring has helped their colleagues become the next generation of brilliant researchers at CHOP.   

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