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. ...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....More

Seeking a Fighting Chance for Cystic Fibrosis Patients


When you have two great passions — children and science — going to medical school and becoming a pediatrician seem like obvious choices. But, choosing a pediatric specialty proved more challenging for Jessica Pittman, MD, MPH, pediatrics, until she met Dylan. ...More

Treatment Strategy May Reduce Infants' Wheezing Caused by Virus


The antibiotic azithromycin may reduce the risk of recurrent wheezing in infants hospitalized with a common respiratory infection, according to a small pilot study at Washington University School of Medicine, partly funded by the CDI...More

A Model of Persistence


Christina Stallings, PhD, is using her CDI grant to combat serious lung infections....More

Understanding RSV


Researcher Gaya Amarasinghe, PhD, and his collaborators are using a novel approach to pave the way for designing vaccines for the ubiquitous virus, RSV....More

Finding Hope for Jessica


Interdisciplinary research funded by the CDI takes aim at the genetic causes of chronic lung disease, giving hope to kids like Jessica Filla....More

CDI Researcher Takes American Thoracic Society Helm


Thomas W. Ferkol, MD, the Alexis Hartmann, MD, Professor of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been installed as president-elect of the American Thoracic Society (ATS)....More

Genetic Error Linked to Rare Disease That Causes Chronic Respiratory Infections


Scanning the DNA of two people with a rare disease has led scientists to identify the precise genetic error responsible for their disorder, primary ciliary dyskinesia....More

A Quest to Breathe Easier


Diagnosed with a progressive airway disease, Rylee is participating in a research study funded by the Children's Discovery Institute in hopes to someday find a cure....More

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