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    The new issue of ResearCHLA is here!

    Learn how events of the past year helped shape research at CHLA.



The NANT pediatric cancer consortium at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has published results of a phase 1 trial for high-risk neuroblastoma.
A single blood test can detect various tumor types less invasively than tissue biopsy.
CHLA team receives grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to create MRI image analysis tools for pediatric brain research.


Fitusiran effective at preventing bleeding in patients with hemophilia A and B with inhibitors
A new study finds that patients’ mental health and quality of life change as they grow to adulthood.
Developmental behavioral pediatricians’ professional judgment does not require the “gold standard” test for autism in the vast majority of cases.


Dr. DiStefano joined CHLA in 2021 and is the lead psychologist for the Boone Fetter Clinic.
Erin loves the “abstract ethical thinking” that goes into her role as CHLA’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) Administrator.
Jaycee manages the processing area of the Pannaraj Lab—handling PCR testing of study participants for COVID-19, flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

Research videos

  • Leaders in Pediatric Health Through Scientific Discovery

    Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is ranked 5th nationally in US News and World Report’s list of top children’s hospitals. This recognized excellence in patient care would be impossible without the intimate relationship shared with our research enterprise. Watch as Chief Scientific Officer, Pat Levitt, PhD, introduces our research themes and discusses CHLA’s position as a leader in pediatric health through our scientific discoveries.

  • Family Philanthropy Benefits Research on Nephrology

    A documentary film about the GOFARR Fund for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles was recently screened at the Sun Valley Film Festival for Future Filmmakers. The film, “Believe: The Story of the GOFARR Fund,” was made by Amanda Schenkman and tells the story about her twin brother Gabriel and his journey with a congenital kidney condition.

    The Schenkman Family Fund supports nephrology research at CHLA overseen by Roger De Filippo, MD, FACS, FAAP and Laura Perin, PhD. At the GOFARR Laboratory for Organ Regenerative Research and Cell Therapeutics in Urology, De Filippo and Perin focus on the development of new stem cell therapeutics and other techniques for organ regeneration.

  • Using Gene-Editing to Cure Type 1 Diabetes

    Senta Georgia, PhD, is creating new insulin-producing cells using CRISPR gene-editing technology in her work to cure genetic forms of diabetes.

  • Can Virtual Reality Help Manage Pain?

    Researchers at CHLA are studying the use of virtual reality to reduce pain in children and adolescents undergoing painful medical procedures. Jeffrey Gold, PhD, a clinical psychologist and director of the Pediatric Pain Management Clinic, explains his research.

  • Using Virtual Reality to Train Physicians for Pediatric Emergencies

    CHLA is using virtual reality to build skills and confidence to prepare medical students for real-life emergencies. Joshua Sherman, MD, an emergency medicine physician at CHLA, explains how.

  • Protecting the Brains of Infants with Therapeutic Cooling

    Investigators at Children's Hospital Los Angeles are using therapeutic cooling to protect the brains of newborns deprived of oxygen during birth. Jessica Wisnowski, PhD, and Tai-Wei Wu, MD, explain the process and why it works.