Research Blog

Published on February 28, 2020
They wear lab coats in place of capes, safety goggles instead of masks, and wield pipets - not swords. But they are still our heroes.Feb 11th was International Day of Women and Girls in Science, and March 8th is International Women's Day. Did you know that more than half of... Read More
Published on February 3, 2020
The Saban Research Institute’s Annual Symposium will take place on February 19, 2020. This year’s theme is Health Complexities in Pediatrics: Investigating Systems in Action and Interaction The Saban Research Institute Annual Symposium highlights exciting strides that... Read More
Published on November 13, 2019
Scientists at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles discover a mechanism that zebrafish use to regenerate damaged heart tissue. This research could lead to better treatments for babies in need of heart repair.Cardiac lymphatic vessels (seen here in red) in the zebrafish heart help the... Read More
Published on October 21, 2019
The invention of interactive map applications has revolutionized wayfinding, providing an unprecedented level of information far beyond what printed road maps can offer. Researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles are giving us a similar look into the anatomy of the human... Read More
Published on September 6, 2019
California’s first Surgeon General, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, visits Children’s Hospital Los AngelesOne of the reasons to conduct research at a pediatric institution is that getting evidence-based answers sooner can lead to real changes in health outcomes for children. These... Read More
Published on August 13, 2019
Scientists at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles develop first physiologically-accurate in vitro model of the human kidney glomerulus, representing a milestone in the field of kidney disease researchKidneys work to constantly filter blood and remove toxins from the body. Conditions... Read More
Published on May 17, 2019
When it comes to pediatric brain cancers, research and treatments have made great strides. But some cancers do not respond to conventional treatments or grow deep within delicate areas of the brain, where surgical removal can be impossible.Peter Chiarelli, MD, PhD, has received... Read More
Published on May 16, 2019
Research performed over the last several decades has led to an increased understanding of the genetics of cancer. The clinical application of this knowledge for pediatric cancer has lagged behind studies performed for adults. In a perspectives article published in the... Read More
Published on May 16, 2019
For the tenth year in a row, doctors, family members, and the Los Angeles community came together to support cancer research at the St. Baldrick’s Annual Head Shave Event. This year’s event held particular significance for one of CHLA’s doctors, Robert Seeger, MD, MS (pictured... Read More
Published on April 9, 2019
Bringing a baby into the world involves many firsts – mothers and fathers are discovering their new roles, babies are learning what it means to live outside the womb, and the family is forging a relationship and bonding. But what happens when this time of uncertainty is... Read More
Published on March 19, 2019
A cancer gene called MYCN (red) appears in high levels in cone cells (green). These cone cells can go on to form retinoblastoma tumors. Image provided by Dr. Hardeep Singh, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.Retinoblastoma is a tumor of the retina that generally affects children... Read More
Published on March 8, 2019
They wear lab coats in place of capes, safety goggles instead of masks, and wield pipets - not swords. But they are still our heroes.At CHLA, we are proud to honor women in science for International Women’s Day!Please visit to learn about 6 talented... Read More
Published on March 1, 2019
When blood flow is blocked in the brain, a small portion of brain tissue starves and dies – this is known as a stroke. By the time a patient with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is 30 years old, he or she has a 50% chance of having a stroke. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles physician... Read More
Published on February 14, 2019
How a fish smaller than a pinky finger holds big clues to saving heartsWhat do zebrafish and newborn babies have in common? Both are small, yet hold vast potential for the future. But these two organisms are more intertwined than you might think.Ching-Ling (Ellen) Lien, PhD, of... Read More
Published on February 11, 2019
Scientists pinpoint a set of genes that may wire the body weight center of the brainEating and exercise have the power to shape our bodies but those activities are controlled by hard-wired circuits in the brain. This means that when these neural circuits are developing is a... Read More
Published on February 7, 2019
With autism diagnoses on the rise, science is on the hunt for answers. New research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles uses advanced imaging techniques to uncover some clues.Each year, one in 59 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a condition that impacts... Read More
Published on February 4, 2019
Bayanihan is a Filipino term that means working together in the community to accomplish a difficult task. It is a generation ago. A young girl named Joyce was born in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles – where many immigrants from the Philippines often first settle. Her... Read More
Published on January 9, 2019
CHLA’s Dr. Bradley Peterson weighs in on what it takes to develop a human brain In a public town-hall style event, CHLA’s Dr. Bradley Peterson spoke amongst a panel of early childhood specialists. The event was organized by KPCC In Person and hosted by Priska Neely, who covers... Read More
Published on January 2, 2019
Cell phones are small but mighty. They’re essentially fully functional computers that fit in our back pockets. But if our phone stops working, we don’t know how to fix it ourselves – we take it to a specialist. Luckily, there is a standardized template for how it is supposed to... Read More
Published on December 20, 2018
Actually, it can hide. CHLA’s Yong-Mi Kim tells us exactly how leukemia burrows within bone marrow, where it is shielded from cancer treatments. But given Kim’s breakthrough research on acute lymphoblastic leukemia, it won’t be able to hide forever.Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (... Read More