By Barbara Drosey
Tag Archive: University of Pennsylvania
By Nancy McCann
Recent headlines have turned wee creatures called zebrafish into underwater superheroes: “The Boy Was Dying. Zebrafish Helped Save His Life,” and “CHOP Pulls off a Miraculous Treatment Thanks to Zebrafish, Dedicated and Brilliant Physicians and A Strong Young Boy.”
By Barbara Drosey
Recognizing the importance of providing context for the rapid advances in whole exome and genome sequencing, data collection, and biological information, Marcella Devoto, PhD, developed the Symposium on Advances in Genomics, Epidemiology, and Statistics (SAGES) with colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University, and the National Human Genome Research Institute to create a space for colleagues to address these analytical challenges.
“One of its major strengths is the span of research in the areas of genomics that SAGES covers, from statistical methods to clinical applications,” said Dr. Devoto, a researcher in the division of Human Genetics at CHOP and professor of Pediatric, Genetics, and Epidemiology at Penn.
By Nancy McCann
It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, and we’re taking our big thinking-caps off to four teachers of excellence honored by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. A total of 18 professors with a penchant for pedagogy were selected for the 2019 teaching awards, and four of the honorees share their talents with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and its Research Institute:
By Barb Drosey, Nancy McCann, and Jillian Rose Lim
From discussions on early-life adversity to autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the Lifespan Brain Institute (LiBI) delivered a stimulating second symposium April 8, gathering experts across diverse disciplines to share novel research into how brain and behavior develop over a lifetime. Two hundred attendees learned about cutting-edge basic and translational research projects that address a complex and critical question: What are the factors in early life that place some individuals at risk for neuropsychiatric disorders, while others are resilient?
More than six years after Emily Whitehead became the first child to receive chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, doctors have had remarkable success in turning the immune systems of even more children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) into top-notch fighters against the disease. For some patients, however, these superhero T-cells still fail in their mission to find and fight their cancer targets.
If you’re looking for a spark of inspiration during January’s long and sometimes dreary days, don’t miss this week’s roundup of headlines from in and around Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute. Our scientists’ passionate work in the lab found a spotlight in the mainstream media as “TODAY” featured how our stem cell research can help today’s cancer survivors become tomorrow’s parents. Meanwhile, eye-opening findings from the Lifespan Brain Institute (LiBi) sparked a wider conversation about how pediatricians and parents can stay alert for suicidal thoughts in teens. In more news, a recent study highlighted the need for more antibiotic stewardship in non-children’s hospitals, while a successful device consortium based at CHOP officially became a statewide affair.
As teens transition to adulthood, being able to get around on their own is a big step toward independence, enabling opportunities for social activities, post-secondary education, and work.
But what about this rite of passage for adolescents on the autism spectrum? How does their experience differ from their peers? These are the types of questions Allison Curry, PhD, MPH, wants to answer with the help of a new grant to fund a groundbreaking project that has the potential to help change the lives of many teens and young adults with autism.
Looking into the eyes of a distressed parent, you want to be able to tell them you’re providing interventions that are based on good evidence for the care of their child. When a gap in knowledge prevents that clinical confidence, Martha Curley, RN, PhD, FAAN, pediatric critical care nurse and research scientist, is there to help find answers.
“The main reason I completed a PhD in nursing science was so I could ask and answer questions relevant to the patient population I cared for as a critical care nurse,” said Dr. Curley, professor of nursing and Ruth M. Colket Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nursing, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and professor of anesthesia and critical care medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.