December 2013

“Dr. High is unquestionably a leader in gene therapy and has made remarkable, groundbreaking contributions to the field, demonstrating creativity, determination, and the ability to overcome numerous obstacles.”- Janis L. Abkowitz, MD, ASH president

Following Traumatic Brain Injury, Amino Acids Relieve Sleep Problems

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Every year in the U.S., an estimated 2 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI), accounting for a major cause of disability across all age groups. Although 75 percent of reported TBI cases are milder forms such as concussion, even concussion may cause chronic neurological impairments, including cognitive, motor, and sleep problems. Researchers who fed a cocktail of key amino acids to m …

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CHOP Research Featured Prominently at ASH Annual Meeting

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The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia made a strong showing at this year’s American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting, with a number of CHOP researchers presenting data, chairing sessions, and delivering lectures. The “premier hematology event of the year,” the 55th ASH Annual Meeting featured special lectures, symposia on cancer, hematology, and genomic sequencing, and data from more t …

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CHOP Research, Science Leadership Academy Form Partnership

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The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute and the Science Leadership Academy (SLA), a Philadelphia public high school focused on the sciences, recently formed a new partnership under which SLA students are working in CHOP labs. By being mentored by CHOP investigators, SLA students are able to contribute to a variety of studies while also getting a feel for the daily work of a care …

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One Year After Sandy Hook

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Last year the nation — and indeed the world — was shocked by the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that claimed the lives of 26 people, 20 of whom were children. Although never far from our thoughts, the anniversary offers a chance to take a moment to remember the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting and their families, and to discuss the ways The Children’s Hospit …

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Adam Resnick, PhD, Receives NSF Award to Study Novel Messenger Molecules

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The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia molecular biologist Adam Resnick, PhD, recently received an award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study inositol pyrophosphates, a class of messenger molecules. A rare example of NSF support of research at CHOP, Dr. Resnick’s award is one of only a handful of active NSF awards given to Children’s Hospital investigators. Dr. Resnick, an assistan …

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Developing a Promising Approach to Treat Congenital Hyperinsulinism

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The “opposite of diabetes” may be the simplest way to explain congenital hyperinsulinism (HI), a rare disease in which the pancreas makes too much of the hormone insulin, causing blood glucose to plummet. Depriving the brain of the sugars it needs to function can damage it quickly, so identifying and monitoring kids with HI is urgent and active work. But one CHOP physician has discovered a new dru …

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Fetal Surgeon N. Scott Adzick, MD Honored with John Scott Award

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Children’s Hospital fetal surgeon N. Scott Adzick, MD, recently received an award for contributing to the greater “comfort, welfare, and happiness” of the world. Along with the University of Pennsylvania’s P. Leslie Dutton, PhD, and Robert L. Brent, MD, PhD, the former chairman of Thomas Jefferson University’s Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Adzick received the prestigious 2013 John Scott Award at a …

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AIDS Researcher Robert Doms, MD, PhD, Named AAAS Fellow

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Several researchers from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania were recently named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Children’s Hospital AIDS researcher and Pathologist-in-chief Robert W. Doms, MD, PhD, who also serves as chair of the Perelman School of Medicine’s Department of Microbiology, was named an AAAS Fellow alon …

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Surgeon and Brain Tumor Researcher Named Chief of Neurosurgery

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Phillip B. “Jay” Storm, MD, has been appointed to the leadership position of chief of the Division of Neurosurgery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Storm’s surgical practice is primarily focused on brain tumors and complex spine tumors. He has pioneered several innovative procedures and is recognized as a leader in endoscopic skull base surgery and complex reconstructive spine surge …

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