Feb 16 2018

Driven to Inspire: Q&A with Melvin Bates, PhD, New Diversity Fellow

As part of a three-part Q&A series on Cornerstone, we’re learning more about the newest scholars of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity, a program that aims to expand our community of researchers from unique backgrounds and academic experiences. Central to our breakthroughs at CHOP, diversity allows our investigators to collaborate and confront pediatric problems from a variety of perspectives. In this series, we let each of our fellows tell their own stories, touching on everything from what diversity in research means to them to the exciting projects they have underway.

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Feb 13 2018

Making Science Stronger: Q&A with Michael Gonzalez, PhD, New Diversity Fellow

At Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, we believe diversity drives breakthroughs. Our investigators come from a multitude of academic backgrounds and life experiences to form a rich research community that thrives on collaboration. In 2016, CHOP launched the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for Academic Diversity in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania to enhance the recruitment of postdoctoral fellows from diverse populations. This year, three new CHOP diversity fellows began the program, each contributing their own unique experiences to various fields of pediatric study. In this Cornerstone Q&A series, we asked the new fellows what diversity in research means to them and what they hope to achieve while at CHOP.

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Feb 9 2018

CAR-T Cell Therapy Benefits, Leukodystrophy Research, Social Innovation Awards, Teen Screen Time

We’re finishing off the week with a winning touchdown of news that gives us as much pride for our researchers as we have for our Philadelphia Eagles in Sunday’s Super Bowl. In this roundup of recent headlines, we cover new results from the game-changing immunotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) pioneered by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania scientists, announce a generous family donation that will benefit research at our Leukodystrophy Center of Excellence, and share new awards and advances from our talented investigators and clinicians.

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Feb 6 2018

Does Past Exposure to the Flu Influence Future Immune Responses?

The Finding:

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Feb 1 2018

Join Our Team to Tackle Autism Spectrum Disorder Research

With the entire city soaring from the Eagles Championship win, we can feel even better that our home team also has a heart for research. So take your Eagles fandom to the next level by joining your colleagues, patients, friends, and family on Team CHOP Research in the Eagles Autism Challenge. Not only will you help fund breakthroughs made right here at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for the thousands of children and families who are affected by autism, but you will have the opportunity to celebrate on the field with the NFC Champions themselves!

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Jan 30 2018

Richard Aplenc, MD, PhD, MSCE, Sets Course for Clinical Research Operations

A new year brings new beginnings, and in 2018 the Research Institute is welcoming Richard Aplenc, MD, PhD, MSCE, to his new role as assistant vice president and chief clinical research officer. While Dr. Aplenc is new to the Research Institute’s leadership team, his more than two decades of experience at CHOP started with his Pediatric Hematology Oncology fellowship in 1997. Dr. Aplenc joined the faculty in 2002 and is currently a professor of Pediatrics as well as a professor of Epidemiology. In his new role, Dr. Aplenc will set the course for the development and oversight of clinical research operations across Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. It’s a position that offers big challenges — and even bigger opportunities.

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Jan 26 2018

Quantifying Concussions, Vitamins for Mitochondrial Disease, Autism and Police Encounters, Using Smartphones, Doug Wallace

Smartphones, sports injury, and stories about science: This week in our Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia research roundup, 2018 is in full swing as our investigators made media headlines for their work to advance children’s health. Keep reading to learn about the different ways researchers at CHOP study the benefits and drawbacks of teens’ smartphone use, why research led by concussion experts at our Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) was featured in a recent philly.com article, and how experts in the Mitochondrial Medicine Frontier Program are weighing in on vitamins and supplements for mitochondrial disease.

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Jan 23 2018

It’s About Exposure: High U.S. Childhood Mortality Rates Due to Car Crashes and Firearm Assaults

Editor’s Note: This post written by Flaura Koplin Winston, MD, PhD, scientific director and founder of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention  (CIRP) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, originally appeared on CIRP's Research in Action blog. View the original blog post here.

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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 12 2018

Birth Defects Awareness, Million Dollar Bike Ride Grant, WAO Center of Excellence, Alopecia and Thyroid Screening, New PolicyLab Video

The new year brings brand-new opportunities to advance pediatric research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute, and if the first two weeks of 2018 are any indication, our investigators are off to a remarkable start. With January marking National Birth Defects Prevention Month, the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at CHOP embarked on a campaign to raise awareness for birth defect treatments and research. Meanwhile, our friends at PolicyLab released an exciting video communicating their passionate mission to improve the well-being of children and families. This week, we also cover new pathways to discovery for conditions both rare and common, from hyperinsulinism to alopecia. If (like us), your new year’s resolution is to stay up to date with the latest CHOP research headlines, you’re in the right place!

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