2015 Articles and Releases

Wonder Was at Work at 2015 CDI Symposium

The Sigma-Aldrich Life Science and High Technology Center in St. Louis served as the backdrop for the eighth annual Children’s Discovery Institute (CDI) Symposium, Nov. 18, 2015. ...More

Viruses Flourish in Guts of Healthy Babies

Bacteria aren’t the only nonhuman invaders to colonize the gut shortly after a baby’s birth. Viruses also set up house there, according to new research, led by CDI investigator Lori Holtz, MD, pediatrics. All together, these invisible residents are thought to play important roles in human health....More

CDI Researcher Makes TEDx Debut

In a 5-minute TEDx talk, CDI investigator Audrey R. Odom, MD, PhD, pediatrics and molecular microbiology, explores the use of low-cost sensors to provide rapid accurate diagnosis from a single exhaled breath, a critical development in the war against drug-resistant infections. ...More

CDI Researcher Awarded Doris Duke Foundation Grant

CDI researcher Ying (Maggie) Chen, MD, PhD, recently became one of 18 physician scientist to win a 2015 Clinical Scientist Development Award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The award of $486,000 over three years will support her research project, entitled "Risk Alleles and Podocyte Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress in Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis." Dr. Chen is an assistant professor of medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine. In 2013, she was named a CDI Faculty Scholar to pursue studies on a group of inherited disorders of kidney dysfunction....More

CDI Invests More Than $1 Million in New Pediatric Research

The CDI recently funded Washington University School of Medicine researchers in both childhood cancer and pediatric pulmonary disease to launch projects that seek better treatments for these life-threatening conditions. Their studies will share an allocation of approximately $1.4 million with three educational initiatives. ...More

U.S.News Ranks St. Louis Children's Hospital in all "Best Children's Hospital" Specialties

Many CDI researchers also are bedside clinicians who ensure that St. Louis Children's Hospital is among the best of the best year after year....More

CDI Scientific Advisory Board Member Involved in a Recent Major Discovery

Aaron DiAntonio, MD, PhD, the Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Professor of Developmental Biology at the Washington University School of Medicine, played a key role in research that could lead to new hope for devastating devastating neurodegenerative disorders....More

Malaria Parasite Uses Lemon Scent to Lure Mosquitoes to Hosts

CDI-funded malaria researcher Audrey Odom, MD, PhD, and her colleagues recently found that when Plasmodium, the parasite causing malaria, infects red blood cells, it produces lemony smelling chemicals. ...More

Academy of Science-St. Louis Honors Three CDI Members

Of the six 2015 recipients of the Academy of Science-St. Louis Outstanding Scientist Award, three have close ties to the CDI....More

CDI Research Suggests a Link Between Exercise and Risk for Heart Defects

Pediatric cardiologist Patrick Jay, MD, PhD, and his team applied CDI funding to a study showing that with exercise, older mouse mothers can reduce the risk of congenital heart defects in their baby mice. ...More

Vitamin D Prevents Diabetes and Clogged Arteries in Mice

Through research partially funded by the CDI, Washington University diabetes researcher Carlos Bernal-Mizrachi, MD,found that vitamin D plays a major role in preventing the inflammation that leads to type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis. ...More

CDI Leader Awarded King Faisal International Prize in Medicine

CDI board of managers member, Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD, has been awarded the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine....More

Stopping Malnutrition

CDI funded researcher Indi Trehan, MD, was first author in a study aimed at reducing the high rate of relapse in children previously considered recovered after having been treated for malnutrition....More

New CDI Projects Underway

The Children's Discovery Institute recently awarded $3.1 million to 18 Washington University School of Medicine investigators for studies for a wide range of childhood diseases....More

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