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2019 CHOP Research Institute Annual Report: Accelerating Breakthroughs

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Dec 23, 2019
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2019 Research Institute Annual Report

Our vibrant research community is always up to something new.

The 2019 Research Institute Annual Report is a perfect opportunity to pause for a few moments during this hectic holiday season to reflect on an amazing year of innovation, discovery, and collaboration shaped by our talented and growing community of investigators and dedicated research administration staff. 

From celebrating honors awarded to individual investigators and physician-scientists, to diving into broad-reaching initiatives designed to drive innovation forward, our vibrant research community is always up to something new. 

In the Milestones section of our FY19 Research Institute Annual Report, learn about the Clinical Vector Core’s state-of-the-art facility that helps to produce novel gene therapy tools to study hard-to-treat diseases. Celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Karabots Pediatric Care Center, which brings innovative healthcare to our West Philadelphia families and acts as a “base” for so many of our research initiatives. Discover why the 20th anniversary of our Congenital Hyperinsulinism Center marks the start of even more breakthroughs in congenital HI.

In 2019, we also formed and strengthened a number of exciting partnerships that show just how powerful teamwork can be. There’s the exciting meeting-of-minds between University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia experts in nutrition, psychiatry, immunology, bioinformatics and more to dig deep into nutritional biology. Our new status as an Undiagnosed Diseases Network site, in partnership with Penn, allows our researchers to leverage their collective brainpower to tackle tough pediatric cases. And a unique big data collaboration helps scientists across the nation uncover pathways between cancer and birth defects. 

At the Research Institute, our researchers and physicians are also inventors, constantly on the lookout for new ideas that lead to cutting-edge innovations. Some of the innovations that made their mark in 2019 include an automated software to make genetic diagnoses more efficient, a machine-learning model that quickly detects sepsis in NICU babies, a digital approach to assessing the complexities of autism spectrum disorder, and more.

All of these accomplishments in FY19 create one more layer built upon the Research Institute’s foundation of decades of scientific discovery and translational research. Take a break, lift your head from your desk, microscope, or data, and find inspiration in the variety of achievements in the pages of the Annual Report.