Some people slow down in summer, but here at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, hot weather is no impediment to making research advances. This week, our roundup of CHOP research in the news covers a broad range of them.
Improving exclusive human milk feedings for NICU infants is a major public health issue in India, where Diane Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, director of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Breastfeeding and Lactation Program, spent two weeks teaching nurses and physicians about human milk and implementation of her 10 Step Model for Human Milk and Breastfeeding in Vulnerable Hospitals.
Stephen Hunger, MD and a team of researchers used highly sensitive deep sequencing techniques to see how genetic changes in acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells evolve from diagnosis to remission and relapse.
Young scientists may have passion and brilliant ideas, but unfortunately, they often do not add up to federal funding dollars. This is particularly problematic in pediatric cancer research, which receives just 4 percent of the National Cancer Institute's $4.95 billion budget.
A pediatric oncologist with the Cancer Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia recently received a national award highlighting his lifetime research on neuroblastoma, the most common solid tumor of childhood. The American Society of Clinical Oncology conferred one of its highest awards on Garrett M. Brodeur, MD, who was given the Pediatric Oncology Award and delivered the Pediatric Oncology Lecture.