November 2013

“The collaboration between The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Drexel University, and Hebrew University will create an excellent environment for translating basic science into practical applications.”- Menahem Ben-Sasson, PhD., President of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Severe Childhood Asthma Gene Variant Discovered


An international scientific team has discovered a gene associated with a high risk of severe childhood asthma. The specific gene variant may be an actual cause of this form of asthma, a leading cause of hospitalization in young children. “Because asthma is a complex disease, …

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Trade Mission to Israel Leads to Pediatric Research Agreement


A trade mission to Israel led by Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter has led to a new research agreement between The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Drexel University, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The partnership will be focused on pediatric translational research and moving …

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Institute of Medicine Report Examines Sports-Related Concussion in Youths


In late October, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council released an extensive report on sports-related concussions in children and teens that found helmets do not prevent concussions in youth athletes. And according to the IOM report, “Sports-Related Concussion in Youth: Improving …

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Multidisciplinary Collaborations Highlighted at Violence Intervention Conference


Children’s Hospital recently lent its support to a major violence prevention conference that brought together violence prevention researchers, government officials, and community advocates. Along with Drexel University and the Oakland, Calif.-based urban youth advocacy organization Youth Alive!, the Hospital sponsored the fourth annual National Network …

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Resuscitation Expert Vinay Nadkarni, MD, Receives AAP Award


Physician-scientist Vinay M. Nadkarni, MD, recently received a Distinguished Career Award from the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP). The medical director of the Center for Simulation, Advanced Education, and Innovation, Dr. Nakarni is a leading critical care and resuscitation science researcher. Dr. Nadkarni received his …

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Injured Children Need Continued Care Following Rehabilitation


A new Children’s Hospital study found that while most children improved cognitive function while in inpatient rehabilitation, those with traumatic brain injury (TBI) were discharged with significant cognitive functioning deficits affecting memory, problem solving, and verbal communication that would require continued support. Researchers recommend that …

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Genetics Expert Struan Grant, PhD, Edits Book Examining Genetics and Obesity


A new book edited by a Children’s Hospital investigator examines the role genetic variants play in causing or raising the risk of obesity. The Genetics of Obesity is a comprehensive “review of efforts aimed at uncovering genetic variants associated with obesity,” and discusses the history …

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CHOP Cancer Researcher, Patient Named WebMD Health Heroes


The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Stephan A. Grupp, MD, PhD, along with his young patient Emily Whitehead, have been named 2013 WebMD Health Heroes. The Center for Childhood Cancer Research’s Director of Translational Research, Dr. Grupp has been leading a groundbreaking trial of immune therapy …

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