Jun 13 2018

CHOP Clinical Geneticist Wins Trio of Major Awards

Elizabeth Bhoj

Elizabeth Bhoj, MD, PhD, modestly admits she had a May that most physicians dream of. The clinician-researcher in the at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia capped off the month by earning three major distinctions: the William K. Bowes Jr. Award in Medical Genetics, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s Career Awards for Medical Scientists with a $700,000 prize, and the Society for Pediatric Research’s (SPR) Physician Scientist Award.

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Jun 11 2018

Pediatric Nephrology Fellow Wins NKF’s National Young Investigator’s Forum Award

The National Kidney Foundation’s National Young Investigator’s Forum proved to be a powerful and rewarding experience for Melissa Meyers, MD, for two reasons. First, she won first place in the clinical research section for her talk "Utilization of Public Health Service Increased Risk Kidneys in Pediatric Renal Transplant Recipients by Era.” Second, the third-year nephrology fellow at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia sat in exclusive company as the only pediatrician in the room.

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Jun 7 2018

Bring on the Noise: Genomics Experts Think Through Big Data at SAGES

The Symposium on Advances in Genomics, Epidemiology and Statistics (SAGES) has a winning formula for success: Bring together an interdisciplinary group of scientists who are all working toward the same goal of understanding the genetic basis of human disorders. Close to 200 SAGES attendees gathered June 1 at the Smilow Center for Translational Research for a dynamic opportunity to explore a wealth of ideas and make connections with colleagues from diverse areas of expertise.

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Jun 5 2018

PolicyLab: An Experiment in Charting New Frontiers

Editor’s Note: This guest blog by David Rubin, MD, MSCE,  and Kathleen Noonan, JD, co-founders of PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, originally appeared on the PolicyLab website as the first in a series of blog posts that will be published throughout the year in recognition of PolicyLab's 10th anniversary. We invite you to check the PolicyLab website in the months to come for more about their ongoing efforts to chart new frontiers in children's health research and policy.

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Jun 1 2018

CIRP Webinar, IBD Symposium, NICU Antibiotics, Breakthrough Fundraising, NORD Award

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May 31 2018

Drew Norton and Family Drive Leukodystrophy Research Forward

It’s been a big year for 8-year-old Drew Norton and his family.

Clinicians at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Leukodystrophy Center diagnosed Drew with a rare genetic disorder nearly 12 months ago. Since then, Drew and his parents, Christy and Jason, have embarked on what they now call an “amazing run.” After years of misdiagnoses, they finally learned that Drew’s difficulties with movement and speech were caused by a specific leukodystrophy, a group of disorders that affects white matter in the brain. Though the Nortons are still learning more about the disorder and how best to manage it, the diagnosis has served as a baseline for a series of victories, both big and small.

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May 30 2018

Meet Our 2018 CHOP Distinguished Research Trainees

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May 25 2018

CHOP Researchers Launch Website to Get Parents Talking About Teen Health

A new website developed by a team at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is giving parents the opportunity to engage in a dynamic conversation about adolescent sexual health, and not just with teens, but with fellow parents and experts in adolescent medicine across the online community, too. Parents Are T.A.L.K.I.N.G (PAT) which stands for “Teaching A Lifetime of Knowledge About Sexuality in the Net Generation”, was developed to improve adolescent reproductive health by helping parental caregivers learn new skills and information in a convenient and reliable way.

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May 24 2018

Collaborative Discovery Supports Next Wave of Pediatric Brain Tumor Innovation

Editor’s Note: Childhood brain tumors remain some of the most difficult to treat cancers, especially because of current therapies’ long-term side effects for the survivors. In honor of Brain Tumor Awareness Month, Adam Resnick, PhD, director of the Center for Data-Driven Discovery in Biomedicine (D3b) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, is our guest blogger. He brings us up to date on how the CHOP-led consortia, working with patients, families, and partnering institutions, has witnessed first-in-kind initiatives and innovative clinical trials aimed at personalized, precision-based approaches for brain tumors that are redefining the scientific landscape of research and therapeutic translation.

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May 22 2018

Physician-Scientist Jason Van Batavia, MD, Accepts Prestigious Urology Prize

Leading-edge neuroscience techniques are facilitating Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia researchers’ better understanding of how the brain controls bladder function, and their novel insights have earned them special recognition from the neurourology community.

Jason Van Batavia, MD, a urologist and physician-scientist in the Division of Urology at CHOP, is the grand prize winner in the 2018 Diokno-Lapides Essay Contest. His manuscript described a research project focused on optogenetic stimulation of specific neurons in a section of the brainstem called Barrington’s nucleus, which scientists think is an important “command center” for controlling voiding (urination).

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