Research Blog

Published on March 12, 2018
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The sidewalk was smooth and the sky was clear, so Sophia Cabrera took out her skateboard and went for a ride. Before she could return home, she fell, landed in a heap and broke her arm. Funny thing is, she and her family couldn’t have been happier. Falls and fractures are... Read More
Published on March 5, 2018
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Baby Jasmine was born in late December with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) and had her first open-heart surgery at five days old. She is enrolled in the groundbreaking clinical trial at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. New therapy could boost organ... Read More
Published on November 28, 2017
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David Warburton, MD, has been elected a 2017 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in recognition his contributions to innovation, education, and scientific leadership in the Section of Medical Sciences.  Warburton, who is the director of the... Read More
Published on November 14, 2017
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A protein lining the inner layer of the heart. The protein is required for heart muscles to proliferate during development.Ram Kumar Subramanyan, MD, PhD, brings a unique point of view to the laboratory, where his goal is to one day use stem cells to create replacement parts for... Read More
Published on November 7, 2017
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The Sharon D. Lund Foundation has awarded $400,000 to Michele Kipke, PhD, vice chair of Research and division head of Research on Children, Youth and Families. The funding will support research efforts of the Boone Fetter Clinic and the Institute for the Developing Mind to... Read More
Published on October 10, 2017
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Investigators identify pathway that causes immune cells to support cancer, instead of killing itInvestigators at the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have identified new findings about an immune cell – called a tumor-... Read More
Published on October 6, 2017
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New Biomarker Assay Detects Neuroblastoma with Greater Sensitivity Investigators at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have developed and tested a new biomarker assay for quantifying disease and detecting the presence of neuroblastoma even when... Read More
Published on August 28, 2017
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A Celebration and Seminar Honoring Robert C. Seeger, MD  A special celebration and research seminar honoring Robert C. Seeger, MD, was held at the Saban Research Institute on August 23, 2017. Seeger, who joined CHLA in 1989 as research director in the Division of... Read More
Published on August 15, 2017
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Study uses fMRI to observe relationship between neurological activity and risk for obesityA team of researchers, including senior investigator, Bradley Peterson, MD, director of the Institute for the Developing Mind at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, used fMRI to investigate... Read More
Published on June 29, 2017
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Two physicians examine the challenges and benefits of using an age-old practice to toilet train their infant daughter You know that disposable diapers are ecologically questionable, but cloth diapers seem too messy for you and your child – is there an alternative?The... Read More
Published on May 16, 2017
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Signal processing technique improves analysis of ultrasonic vocalizationsVocalization plays a significant role in social communication across species such as speech by humans and song by birds. Male mice produce ultrasonic vocalizations in the presence of females and both sexes... Read More
Published on April 27, 2017
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Christopher Russell, MD, a hospitalist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles specializing in pediatric patients with tracheostomies, noticed that many of these children have a high percentage of being re-admitted to the hospital for respiratory conditions.  A tracheostomy is a... Read More
Published on April 21, 2017
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Willowbrook State School, Staten Island, NY   50 years ago, children with developmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were routinely institutionalized because families were ill-equipped to care for them.Today, thanks to research funded in part by the... Read More
Published on April 20, 2017
In 1963, the death of baby Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, who was born 5 ½ weeks premature and died from respiratory distress syndrome, gripped the nation.  At that time, medicine had very little to offer premature babies with respiratory distress, but baby Patrick’s death put a... Read More
Published on April 20, 2017
Twenty years ago, a child with inflammatory arthritis had a very different life than a child with that same disease has today. In 1997, that child suffered from chronic pain and lack of mobility that kept them homebound – unable to go to school, have the opportunity to make... Read More
Published on April 18, 2017
“My goal is to decrease childhood blindness by treating pediatric eye disease in an innovative way,” says Bibiana Jin Reiser, MD, MS, director of the Cornea and Glaucoma Institute at CHLA. Using technology developed for adults, she is optimizing it to treat children.“The disease... Read More
Published on April 17, 2017
Research is a team sport. Each advance is incremental – small but crucial in reaching the next, significant step toward finding a solution. Science is currently under a great deal of scrutiny because of how it is conducted and how it is funded.  At Children’s Hospital Los... Read More
Published on April 5, 2017
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Zebrafish heart with prominent coronary vessels (marked by transgenic fluorescent reporters)Heart disease is among the leading causes of death for both adults and children. A heart attack (or myocardial infarction) occurs when the heart is deprived of oxygen due to blockage of a... Read More
Published on March 20, 2017
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Brain scans of chronically depressed patients before and during treatment. Left: Before treatment, depressed patients had a thicker cortex in the frontal, temporal and parietal lobes of the brain (shown in red). Right: Over 10 weeks of medication, these regions (shown in blue)... Read More
Published on March 3, 2017
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In a study led by Barbara Driscoll, PhD, of The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, researchers demonstrate, for the first time that inhaled resveratrol treatments slow aging-related degenerative changes in mouse lung.  Lung aging, characterized by... Read More

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