Aug 9 2019

In the News: Advancing Gene Therapy, CSF Tests, Managing Vascular Anomalies, New CPCE Director

The cicadas may be “singing,” but the summer season isn’t over quite yet. In the midst of heat waves, drenching rainstorms, and vacation escapes, our investigators continue to advance scientific discovery. In this edition of In The News, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia researchers report a more sensitive method of detecting genetic material delivered via adeno-associated viral vectors, while another group published findings that could help avoid unnecessary non-culture cerebrospinal fluid infection tests. Meanwhile, Petar Mamula, MD, looks into more effective management of a rare vascular anomaly, and Alex Fiks, MD, assumes a director role within the Research Institute. 

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Aug 7 2019

Meet Eight High School Students Spending Their Summer With Science

By Jillian Rose Lim

School might be out for the summer, but science is still in for eight high school students participating in a unique six-week program called the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Internship for Scholars and Emerging Scientists (CHOP-RISES). Offered by the Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs, CHOP-RISES gives students typically underrepresented in science the opportunity to work in some of our most innovative research laboratories and explore a variety of careers in science and medicine. 

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Aug 5 2019

Off Campus: He’s All Ears — and Eyes

By Nancy McCann

Editor’s note: Welcome to our new blog series! “Off Campus” is where you’ll discover what our amazing Research Institute employees do for fun, recreation, and the good of their communities once they leave the city behind. 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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Aug 2 2019

CHOP Psychologists Aim to Enhance Classroom Culture From the Inside Out

By Jillian Rose Lim

For many girls, middle school comes with more challenges than just tests, tryouts, and tough grades. While the best of friendships can develop during the preteen years, it’s also a period prone to “mean girl” culture as gossip, rumors, and bullying abound.

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Jul 26 2019

In the News: Rheumatology Award, South Jersey Summer Institute, Rural Health, ASH Prize, Army Families

It will take more than a little heat and humidity to stop our researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia from making an impact in and around the community: In this edition of our biweekly news roundup, we cover a recent event that introduced South Jersey teachers to our innovative research, congratulate two scientists on new awards that recognize their contributions to rheumatology and hematology, and share how faculty members at PolicyLab are discussing the implications of their work in the realms of policy and public health. 

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Jul 24 2019

Off Campus: Growing Up On Skis

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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Jul 19 2019

A Summer for the Books: Life as a CRISSP Student at the Research Institute

Editor’s note: The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP) is a competitive and dynamic internship that provides undergraduate students with hands-on experience in academic research, exposure to various facets of a career in pediatric research and/or medicine, and direct mentoring by CHOP faculty. In this guest blog, Cindy Hong, a rising third-year student at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, gives a glimpse into her experience as a 2019 CRISSP scholar embarking on the immersive 10-week internship — from learning new skills in biomedical and health informatics in the lab of Laura Almasy, PhD, to making new friends, to determining if research is a career she wants to pursue.

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Jul 16 2019

Arcus Library Science Team at Forefront of Discovery: Q&A With Spencer Lamm, MLIS

Start new collaborations. Find valuable data. Create cohorts that can seed new research endeavors. These are some of the key drivers for Arcus, an internal strategic program designed for researchers to more intuitively navigate clinical and research data produced by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Research Institute. Essentially, that means making the promising wealth of data in Arcus discoverable. 

In this Cornerstone post, meet Spencer Lamm, MLIS, supervisor of Library Science within the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics (DBHi), who is adopting standards and practices for managing large volumes of data at places like NASA to make the new Arcus Archives a source of reliable, reproducible data for CHOP researchers long-term.

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Jul 12 2019

In The News: Self-Driving Cars; Mother-Infant Dyad; Families’ Health Insurance; One Drug, Two Bone Diseases; Proteomic Dataset; Cancer Patients Quit Tobacco

The Fourth of July fireworks may be over, but sparks are still sizzling (along with the weather) here at the Research Institute as we celebrate our researchers’ published work. Take a look at who’s been in the press lately. This week we’re covering the decision factors behind allowing children to ride alone in self-driving cars, commentary on improving perinatal care in the United States, and why private sector working families are turning to Medicaid and CHIP for health coverage. 

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Jul 10 2019

Off Campus: ‘It’s Been a Hard Day’s Night, and I’ve Been Working Like a Dog’

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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