Bone disorders exact a considerable toll on human health in both children and adults. Dr. Long seeks to understand the fundamental mechanisms underlying both normal skeletal development and the pathophysiology of bone diseases. His current research includes studies of skeletal stem cells and progenitors, metabolic regulation of bone cells, and the integration of bone and whole-body metabolism.
Dr. Lefebvre investigates the genetic mechanisms that generate the diversity of cell types composing the body. Her emphasis is on deciphering how proteins called SOX transcription factors specify stem cells and highly specialized cells in the skeleton, how changes in these factors cause skeletal diseases, and how these factors also control other processes, including brain development and intellectual disability diseases.
Dr. Pacifici's biomedical research spans three decades and has explored mechanisms of skeletal development and growth in fetal and postnatal life. Specifically, his focus has been on identifying the cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate the differentiation of progenitor cells and permit assembly of distinct skeletal structures, and on aberrations of these mechanisms in pediatric skeletal disorders.
Dr. Nah-Cederquist investigates solutions to clinical problems in pediatric plastic surgery. Her lab is built around the strengths of CHOP's clinical practices and basic science research. This offers the unique opportunity to directly test hypotheses born from clinical problems in the laboratory, and to take new technologies and concepts developed in the laboratory to patient care.
Dr. Mostoufi-Moab's clinical and research program is focused on endocrine late effects after childhood cancer therapy. She has unique dual training in pediatric endocrinology and oncology with a master's degree in clinical epidemiology. The goal of her research program is to pursue a mechanistic understanding of metabolic and endocrine disorders that occur due to cancer therapy.
Philadelphia Pediatric Medical Device Consortium, Based at CHOP, supports projects addressing cystic fibrosis, urinary flow disorders, kidney reflux, brain injury, skeletal defects and vision impairment
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) researchers with a longstanding focus on pediatric bone health have used a clever method to analyze discrepancies in bone density across the skeleton, teasing out genetic factors that could eventually help physicians prevent osteoporosis.