February 2013

Study Finds Neuroblastoma Evolves Rapidly, Limiting Treatment Targets

An extensive genomic study of the childhood cancer neuroblastoma reinforces the challenges of treating the most aggressive forms of this disease. Contrary to expectations, the researchers found relatively few recurrent gene mutations — mutations that would suggest new targets for neuroblastoma treatment.

Study Finds Some Children Can “Recover” from Autism

A new study verifies the long-controversial belief that a few children, in exceptional cases, can “recover” from autism. The study, which included investigators from the Center for Autism Research, is the first solid science to confirm that, however rarely, with the help of behavioral therapy some children can make such great improvements that they no longer qualify as having autism.

Dr. Lamia Barakat to Head Section on Behavioral Oncology

Frank Balis, M.D., and John M. Maris, M.D., recently announced the appointment of Lamia P. Barakat, Ph.D., to head the Section on Behavioral Oncology. Dr. Barakat is currently the Director of Psychosocial Services for the Division of Oncology, and she will be promoted to the rank of Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Pediatrics effective July 1st 2013.

Extending CPR Saves Lives, National Studies Find

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia researchers contributed to two recent studies showing that extending cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) longer than previously thought useful saves lives in both children and adults. The research teams analyzed the impact of duration of CPR in patients who suffered cardiac arrest while hospitalized.

Required Certification for Clinical Research Coordinators

Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs) are an essential component of the clinical research enterprise at CHOP, serving a pivotal role in human subjects protection and overall study management. The CHOP Research Institute (CRI) is committed to providing the proper education, training, and support for the CRCs.

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