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Summer 2014

Book, Videos Offer Guidance to Improve Communication with Adolescents

Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MSEd, FAAP, FSAHM, Craig-Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital, has published a comprehensive book, Reaching Teens: Strength-based Communication Strategies to Build Resilience and Support Healthy Adolescent Development (ISBN 13: 978-1-58110-748-7). The book, written in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics, is linked to more than 400 cloud-based videos that provide expert guidance from adolescent health professionals, youth program staff, and teens, and provides the opportunity to earn up to 65 CME/CEU credit hours.

CHOP Receives Pennsylvania Bio’s Patient Impact Award

Children’s Hospital received Pennsylvania Bio’s Patient Impact Award, along with the University of Pennsylvania, for developing an innovative treatment, engineered T-cell therapy. Engineered T-cell therapy, also called immunotherapy, reprograms a patient’s immune system to seek and destroy cancer cells, and has shown promising results for patients with leukemia.

“In the field of cancer, we’ve come as far as we can using standard treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation,” says Stephan Grupp, MD, PhD, director of Translational Research in the Center for Childhood Cancer Research, who accepted the award for CHOP. “T-cell therapy offers new hope for patients with aggressive leukemia, and we are working hard to harness this novel therapy to cure other types of cancer.”

Children’s Hospital Starts New Young Adult Hip Preservation Program

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has launched a new Young Adult Hip Preservation Program, a unique program specifically for young adults with complex hip disorders. The program, under the direction of Wudbhav N. Sankar, MD, is designed to meet the needs of adolescents and young adults (age 15 to mid-30s) who are physically active and old enough to be involved in making their own healthcare decisions. CHOP’s vast expertise with congenital hip disorders often leads to treatment that allows the patient to preserve, adjust, or restore natural hip function without hip replacement. Go to www.chop.edu/ortho to view a video on the program.

To refer to the Young Adult Hip Preservation Program, call 215-590-1527.

$3.25 Million Gift Launches Friedreich’s Ataxia Center of Excellence

Three longtime allies have joined forces to create the new Penn Medicine/CHOP Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA) Center of Excellence. The establishment of the center was catalyzed by a $3.25 million gift from the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA), in partnership with the Hamilton and Finneran families.

For the past 16 years Penn Medicine, CHOP, and FARA, a nonprofit dedicated to curing FA, have collaborated to provide and advance the care needed by FA patients. The FA clinical program at CHOP is the largest in the world.

CHOP First to Introduce HLA Typing by Next-generation Sequencing

Immunogenetics experts at Children’s Hospital have developed a unique laboratory test to characterize the genes that encode human leukocyte antigens (HLAs) molecules. The test relies on faster, more comprehensive gene sequencing technology to type HLA. The new test may improve transplantation outcomes and expedite the donor selection. It also provides an advanced tool for research in immunological diseases, infectious diseases, and pharmacogenomics.

CHOP is the first hospital anywhere to offer this new comprehensive HLA-typing test, based on extensive research by Dimitri Monos, PhD, director of the Immunogenetics Laboratory in the Division of Genomic Diagnostics, and colleagues. For information, go to labs.chop.edu.

Free Vaccine Information App Available

The Vaccine Education Center at CHOP’s mobile app, Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know, is now available for Android in addition to Apple platforms. The free, award-winning app is a quick and easy way for physicians and parents to access up-to-date, reliable information about the science and safety of vaccines. Find links to download the app or learn more about it at vaccine.chop.edu/mobileapp.

New Videos for Physicians and Families

The Division of Orthopedic Surgery has posted six videos demonstrating exams of the upper extremities, back, hip, knee, foot and ankle, and hand and wrist. Find them at tinyurl.com/CHOPorthoexam.

Other recent videos from CHOP explain congenital hyperinsulinism, treatment for kidney stones, and T-cell therapy to fight acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Find these videos and many more at www.youtube.com/ChildrensHospPhila.

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