“I’m a parent of two athletes, and concussions are something that’s talked about on the sidelines. Parents are concerned. What we’re hoping to do is provide some evidence-base that is specific to kids and contribute to the scientific foundation of what clinicians do in the clinic.”

- –Kristy Arbogast, PhD, co-scientific director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Teaming Up to Quantify Youth Concussions

From the clinic to the lab to the playing field, tag-team science is the key to a new research initiative that will tackle the accuracy of youth concussion diagnoses head-on. With a $4.5 million grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, researchers …

Promoting Equity in the ED: Why We Need to Understand Implicit Racial Bias

Tiffani Johnson, MD, a physician in the department of Emergency Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and PolicyLab member, is driving clinical practice one step closer toward equity for children, regardless of their race. To better understand the factors that contribute to disparities in care, …

A Problem Solver, Dimitri Monos, PhD, Receives Distinguished Scientist Award

Puzzles always captivated Dimitri Monos, PhD, as a young child in Greece. If you gave him a geometry problem, it would instantaneously “capture his brain.” Today, this passion for problem solving fuels the tremendous time and energy that Dr. Monos devotes to tackling some of …

Center for Applied Genomics Moving Research Toward Clinical Applications

It was like the Wild West when next generation sequencing entered the genomics landscape a dozen years ago, and Avni Santani, PhD, jumped into the excitement as a postdoctoral fellow at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. On the horizon, she saw the transformative power of the …

Consortiums Improve Proficiency in Bladder Exstrophy Care in U.S. and Overseas

Watching 2-year-old Gianni Garrow scramble up and down the physician’s chair in the urology exam room, it’s difficult to imagine that he was born with his bladder exposed on the outside of his body. Six surgeries later, he no longer points to his belly as …

Healing Head and Heart: CICU Nursing Research Addresses New Moms’ Stress

Three months after giving birth, a new mother held her baby for the very first time. Born with a congenital heart defect, her child had been rushed to the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit for surgery soon after delivery. Like most newborns in the CICU, the …

Myelin Biorepository Fuels Understanding of Leukodystrophies

A decade after seeing her patients (and oftentimes beyond that), Adeline Vanderver, MD, program director of the Leukodystrophy Center of Excellence at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, still calls up families when she discovers something new about their child’s leukodystrophy. Like most pediatricians who treat rare …

Loud and Clear: Qualitative Methods Research Affinity Group Gives Research a Voice

Scientific research can be so much more than just the facts. A new research affinity group at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia launched this summer to help investigators use qualitative research methods and techniques to reach a deeper understanding of patient and family attitudes, beliefs, and …