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    The new issue of ResearCHLA is here!

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



The new center will address health concerns that disproportionately affect the Latino/a/x community in Southern California.
Groundbreaking 25-site study will follow thousands of children from multiple demographics before birth through early childhood.
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Children’s National Hospital collaborate, creating the first ever toolbox to help clinicians understand how the brain and cranium grow together.


Amber Medina Clinical Research Coordinator Amber helps coordinate leukemia and lymphoma trials. Though she has been doing clinical research for 15 years, Amber came to CHLA just two years ago. Joining the team at CHLA has given her more responsibility and opportunity...
Ellen Chang, MD, MS Ellen is the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology/Survivorship fellow. She is passionate about improving long-term health outcomes in childhood cancer survivors. “In medical school, I met an adult retinoblastoma survivor in the...
The Cellular Imaging Core offers advanced light microscopes for use by all researchers at CHLA. This Core’s Imaging Scientist, G. Esteban Fernandez, PhD, can help you develop expertise at acquiring images using techniques like fluorescence, confocal and light sheet...


Researchers are searching for biomarkers to better identify which children with acute liver failure will recover on their own—and which will need a liver transplant.
Brian Dias, PhD Faculty Lead, TECPAD Postdoc Training and Development  Division of Research on Children, Youth & Families Dr. Dias grew up in India and received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. Over the years, he has investigated the...
Sarah Richman, MD, PhD Cancer and Blood Disease Institute Sarah Richman, MD, PhD, investigates the use of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy for solid tumors. She and others in the field have recognized that the success of treating B-cell leukemias with...

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.