Dr. Alexander-Bloch investigates normal brain development and the altered developmental trajectories that lead to mental illness. His multi-disciplinary research integrates brain imaging, genomics and clinical information.
Synapses were firing throughout the conference room in the Colket Translational Research Building as attendees at the 2017 Research Institute Scientific Symposium held May 2 learned about their colleagues' intriguing research endeavors. The four sessions' themes aligned smartly with the Research Institute's strategic planning process and overall mission of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Research conducted by PolicyLab at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia laid the groundwork for new statewide initiatives that aim to reduce the use of psychotropic medications among Pennsylvania children in the foster care system who are enrolled in Medicaid.
Antipsychotics are a powerful class of medications that increasingly have been prescribed to children to treat disruptive behaviors, particularly for those in foster care. The trend is a disturbing one that has the attention of Pennsylvania state officials.
Paul Offit, MD, chief of Children’s Hospital’s Division of Infectious Diseases, has long been a magnet for controversy. A co-creator of the rotavirus vaccine Rotateq, Dr. Offit’s willingness to speak his mind, question popular (and at times ill-informed) wisdom, and to defend science against its detractors has earned him many vocal critics over the years. For example, he has received hate mail and even death threats for working to debunk the now discredited connection between vaccines and autism.
The Anderson Laboratory investigates the molecular and cellular mechanisms governing the development of the mammalian forebrain in relation to neuropsychiatric disease. The lab has a particular research interest on the fate determination of key subclasses of cortical inhibitory interneurons.