October 2016

“Genomics is revolutionizing what we do in medicine. We’re beginning to understand the significance of changes in the genome and leverage it to drive counseling and management of patients and to develop new and targeted therapeutics. We now have a truly individualized approach to medicine.”- Ian Krantz, MD, medical geneticist and co-director of the Roberts Individualized Medical Genetics Center

New Collaborative Driven by Power of Genetic Medicine and Philanthropy

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The power of highly innovative, cutting-edge research in genetics can transform patients’ futures. A key part of advancing this important work is the creation of the new $50 million Roberts Collaborative for Genetics and Individualized Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Chief Scientific Officer and …

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Removing Roadblocks to Advance Research in Juvenile Spondyloarthritis

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Sometimes in medicine, it’s all about the way you look at things. Not noticing a subtle finding on an X-ray, for instance, can result in a missed or delayed diagnosis. On the other hand, radiology overcalls can lead to unnecessary treatments. Large variations often occur …

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Scientists Seek Mitochondrial Mechanism to Overcome Cancer Treatment Resistance

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If a cancer cell were an enemy spaceship in a science fiction movie, defeating it would be pretty easy: Just look for the big red self-destruct button and manipulate someone inside into pressing it. In a sense, this strategy underlies many existing cancer treatments. Though …

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Finding of Variability in Antibiotic Prescribing Yields Improvements, Accolades

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If you could hire sick children as mystery shoppers, you could learn a lot about care quality and variability in the health system. Imagine sending a child with a common ailment, such as an ear infection, to see a series of unwitting pediatricians, then comparing …

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Friedreich’s Ataxia Natural History Study Moves Research Forward

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One of the biggest obstacles to advancing the development of therapies for pediatric rare diseases is that oftentimes we do not fully understand how a certain condition progresses in individuals over time. It is like driving someplace with a stalled navigation app and not knowing …

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Project Aims to Automate Adverse Event Reporting in Cancer Clinical Trials

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A lot could go wrong in a clinical trial for cancer, even for a treatment that proves effective. Documenting any adverse events thoroughly and accurately — all the bad along with the hoped-for good outcomes — is critically important to show whether there are indeed …

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In a Teenager’s Brain, HIV Infection Could Cause Unique Damage

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From the 1990s to today, a lot has changed. Babies born in that decade are now older adolescents and young adults. “Personal digital assistants” disappeared and were replaced with voice-activated intelligent helpers in our cell phones. Plaid went out of style and then came back …

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Research in Motion to Curb Cell Phone Use While Driving

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As you’re driving down the expressway, your cell phone pings, and you glance down at an incoming text message from your best friend. Next thing you know, your car slams the guardrail. The crash leaves you with a severe concussion and a serious lesson learned …

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