The end of the year inevitably arrives with a handful of things to celebrate, from memorable moments to astounding achievements to milestones made. With less than three weeks left in 2018, our list of celebratory moments at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute continues to grow, as this edition of our biweekly research news roundup shows. Read on to learn about two gene therapies pioneered at CHOP and the University of Pennsylvania that recently reached important milestones, a novel discovery from our scientists that could help to improve cancer immunotherapies, the 10-year anniversary of our Center for Autism Research, and more.
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Along with the start of school and settling into new routines, September marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: a special time to support cancer research and care for patients and families impacted by the disease. Fittingly, this week’s roundup of research news highlights the remarkable impact our oncologists have made for children with cancer around the world. And on top of that, we highlight new findings that challenge the traditional notion of the teen years as a reckless time of risky behavior.
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.
September marks National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and this year at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, we kick-started the commemorative period on the heels of exciting news about breakthroughs in pediatric cancer immunotherapy research. Oncology investigators at CHOP also got a big boost in research funding from Hyundai’s nonprofit organization, Hope on Wheels. And that’s only the beginning: Since September marks the return of the football season, we’re thrilled to share the latest headlines on how the National Football League (NFL) is helping to drive concussion research.
“Bold” is perhaps the best word to describe this week’s roundup of Research Institute news, as Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia nurses and investigators alike made headlines for their experimental work in pediatric CAR T-cell therapy.