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    The new issue of ResearCHLA is here!

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



Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Disney Junior collaborate to create an interactive experience
Researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have brought us closer to understanding the biology of autism spectrum disorder, a condition affecting a person’s ability to communicate, learn and socialize. The findings are published in The Journal of Child Psychology and...
Stem cells are the seeds that grow our hearts, brains, lungs, intestines—every one of the body’s tissues and organs. By studying stem cells and their potential to replace damaged or dysfunctional cells, researchers are gaining knowledge to better understand diseases and develop...


Niharika Gajawelli, PhD Staff Scientist As an electrical and computer engineering student at Rutgers University, Niharika experimented with various research areas, including microelectromechanical systems and speech processing. But when she began studying MRI data...
  Flow cytometry is a powerful tool to measure multiple biological characteristics of individual cells—analyzing millions of cells in a very short time. To assist investigators with this tool, the Flow Cytometry (FACS) Core at CHLA—led by Hisham Abdel-Azim,...
Stephanie Yi-Tsi Chen, MD Stephanie is a research resident and fellow investigating immunotherapy resistance in neuroblastoma. Stephanie’s dream is to become a pediatric surgeon at an academic institution like CHLA. But she wants her career to extend outside of the...


Andrew Marshall, PhD Division of Research on Children, Youth and Families As a kid, Dr. Marshall often wondered what that “unleaded” sign at the gas station really meant. He had no idea that his career would one day revolve around lead—and its toxic impacts on children...
Shafali Spurling Jeste, MD Neurological Institute “In neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, we know that changes in brain development can begin before birth,” says Dr. Jeste. “But we are diagnosing kids with autism after age 2, thus missing out on this amazing...
Ramon Durazo-Arvizu, PhD Biostatistics and Data Analysis Core “Statistical thinking goes beyond number crunching,” says Dr. Durazo-Arvizu. “It’s about improving scientific rigor and making research sounder.” As Faculty Director of the Biostatistics and Data...

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.