Mar 2 2018

Exploring the Wide World of the Microbiome

Studying the microbiome — the 40 trillion or so invisible microbes that call your body home — is like being an explorer of a secret world with its own language and lifeforms. Whether these microbes are sometimes friends or sometimes foe depends on subtle interactions with each other and the role of influential factors such as your genetics, environment, age, and diet.

The PennCHOP Microbiome Program awards annual pilot and feasibility grants to help faculty members of the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia scientific communities navigate this uncharted territory. With the funding awarded in 2017, eight projects are underway, and CHOP clinician-scientists are leading two of them.

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Feb 28 2018

Better Biobanking a Best Bet for Rare Disease Research

Editor’s Note: Families facing a rare disease diagnosis often do not know where to turn first in their search for the most advanced treatments and potentially a cure for their children. Only 5 percent of rare diseases have a treatment approved by the Food and Drug Administration, according to the National Organization for Rare Disorders. This is due in part to the lack of high quality biospecimens for research.

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Feb 26 2018

John Maris, MD, Receives National Cancer Institute Outstanding Investigator Award

Long before he entered medical school, John M. Maris, MD, pediatric oncologist and the recent recipient of the National Cancer Institute’s Outstanding Investigator Award, became captivated by the mysteries of neuroblastoma. A cancer of the peripheral (not brain) nervous system, neuroblastoma accounts for 7 percent of all childhood cancers and 15 percent of all childhood cancer deaths.

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Feb 23 2018

Martha Curley, Cardiology 2018, Hearing Loss and Heart Surgery, Driving Safety, Parents and Allergies

As our cardiology experts flock to sunny Scottsdale, Ariz., this weekend for Cardiology 2018 — 21st Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease, sponsored by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia — we have some exciting discoveries and developments from the last two weeks to share. In this roundup of research headlines, we meet our new Ruth M. Colket Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nursing at CHOP, learn about potential associations between infant heart surgeries and hearing loss, discuss research results about driver decals that can inform practice and policy, and share novel findings from families with food allergies.

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Feb 21 2018

Different Walks of Life: Q&A With Annabel Torres, PhD, New Diversity Fellow

Over the last week, we have gotten to know the newest scholars in the Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, a program designed to strengthen the Research Institute’s diverse population of postdoctoral investigators. Every year, new researchers join the program and contribute their unique perspectives to various fields of pediatric science, from genomics to neurobiology.

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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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