New Clues Found to Common Respiratory Virus

Researchers funded by the CDI to study a common virus striking children, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), have found clues to how it causes disease. They mapped the molecular structure of an RSV protein that interferes with the body’s ability to fight off the virus. Knowing the structure of the protein will help them understand how the virus impedes the immune response, potentially leading to a vaccine or treatment for this common infection. ...Read more

New Translational Research Underway

The Children’s Discovery Institute board of managers recently approved more than $3.7 Million in new grant funding for 13 wide-ranging pediatric research studies, four of which take aim at childhood cancers, including two clinical trials. In four other studies, researchers will tackle serious disorders of the gastrointestinal tract in children, including a life-threatening condition call necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) that develops in in some babies born prematurely. Funding also was awarded to two studies investigating different aspects of pediatric heart disease, as well as one designed to learn more about the long-term effects the Zika virus has on an infant’s brain. ...Read more

Just Add Water: Artificial Blood to the Rescue

A study partly funded by the CDI brings the promise of artificial blood development closer to reality. Erythromer, a novel bood substitute developed by Washington University School of Medicine's Allan Doctor, MD, pediatrics, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, has been shown to emulate vital functions of natural red blood cells....Read more