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.