Most research progresses through incremental advances, but virtually all pediatric researchers want their work to make a big impact. Many of the research advances celebrated at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 2015 did just that, influencing multiple fields of practice, policy, or society.
December 2015 – Year in Review
Genetic discovery is far from ordinary, yet physician scientists at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have become so adept at using sophisticated genomic sequencing technology that pinpointing new genes with connections to pediatric illnesses may have seemed like an everyday occurrence in 2015.
Safety is a core value at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, so it should come as no surprise that detecting and addressing safety risks is a major area where CHOP researchers advanced knowledge this year. Their work spans safety in inpatient and outpatient settings and in the community at large.
A common misconception is that researchers exist in an isolated world of beakers and test tubes, yet scientists’ scope of influence can extend far past their laboratories’ walls — even beyond the bedside — and into social beliefs and actions.
An exhilarating aspect of being a researcher at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is having the opportunity to take the driver’s seat and propel medical technology forward. In 2015, investigators embarked on fascinating trips of discovery.