Dr. Zemel's overall research program aims to improve the understanding of lifelong health and how it relates to childhood antecedents of physical growth and maturation, body composition, population ancestry/genetics, and lifestyle factors. Such insight has practical implications for disease prevention and lifelong wellness, as well as broader scientific implications for understanding human plasticity and evolution.
Dr. Forrest's research focuses on developing novel ways of conducting multi-center pediatric applied clinical research, child health services and outcomes research, pediatric person-reported outcome measure development and application, life course health science, learning health systems science, and policies and programs that promote the lifelong health of children. He has a particular interest in the concept and measurement of health.
Dr. Wood's research focuses on improving health service delivery to reduce HIV and STI incidence in adolescents and young adults. Her current projects examine improving uptake and adherence of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis in sexual and gender minority youth, increasing STI and HIV screening in primary care, and identifying patient, neighborhood, and clinic-based barriers to HIV and sexual health service delivery.
Mary Ellen Vajravelu, MD, MSHP, is a pediatric endocrinologist in the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She treats all pediatric endocrine conditions, but she has special expertise in prediabetes and type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents.
CHOP scientists took part in the largest known study to focus on how genes from both mothers and babies affect a child’s birth weight. Improving newborn birth weights may yield lifelong health benefits.