“Just looking at [extremely premature infants], it is immediately clear that they shouldn’t be here yet. They’re not ready. I had many compelling encounters with those patients over the course of my training, all of which really led to the idea that we should be able to do better for them.”

- Emily Partridge, MD, fellow in the Center for Fetal Research

Researchers Recreate Womb Experience to Transform Care of Premature Infants

Every child begins life in a paradise built of biological wonders. The umbilical cord tethering the fetus to her mother’s placenta not only enables the exchange of blood gases in place of breathing air, but it also permits her to float and rotate within the …

GRIN’s Power in Numbers: Three Major Pediatric Institutions Collaborate

Leaders of the Genomics Research and Innovation Network (GRIN) indeed have a lot to smile about. The groundbreaking collaborative has established an exceptional model that pools the resources of three premier pediatric academic medical institutions to accelerate genomic discovery and foster a culture of data …

Research First Line of Defense as NFL Moves to Improve Player Safety

Researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia often find themselves at the cusp of diverse fields, and for child safety expert Kristy Arbogast, PhD, they are intersecting at the 50-yard line. Dr. Arbogast, co-scientific director and director of engineering for the Center for Injury Research and …

SHARE Project Explores Patients’ and Parents’ Pediatric Palliative Care Experiences

Parents of children who live with serious illness often describe their experiences as being on an unfolding journey. Pediatric palliative care teams are specially trained to help families facing a life-shortening illness navigate these daunting twists and turns. More than 100,000 children in the U.S. …

What’s in a Name? New Genetic Disorder, MBCS, Named After CHOP Scientists

At first, pediatricians were confused: The newborn patient wouldn’t eat, didn’t cry to be fed, and wouldn’t grow. She had been through an odyssey of tests and treatments, from feeding therapy to swallow studies to tonsillectomies, with no definite explanation for her failure to thrive. …

Center for Parent-Teen Communication Sees Adolescence as Age of Opportunity

Not a single piece of material from the new Center for Parent-Teen Communication (CPTC) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will start with the words “survival guide.” According to Ken Ginsburg, MD, the Center’s co-founder and a physician in the division of Adolescent Medicine at CHOP, …

New Evidence-based Clinical Guidelines Help to Navigate Growth Disorders

For a child with stunted height, growth hormone treatments can suggest more than just a taller stature: As routine injections of the synthetic protein work to fuel steady cell production in their bodies, the physical gain can evoke a range of social opportunities that previously …

Scientific Symposium Emphasizes Future Directions of Research Institute

Synapses were firing throughout the conference room in the Colket Translational Research Building as attendees at the 2017 Research Institute Scientific Symposium held May 2 learned about their colleagues’ intriguing research endeavors. The four sessions’ themes aligned smartly with the Research Institute’s strategic planning process …