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Children’s National Experts Cohost and Present at International Oncology and Autism Spectrum Disorder Symposia at Shanghai Children’s Medical Center

November 13, 2015
On November 13 and 14, 2015, Children’s National Health System experts are cohosting and presenting at the First Sino-US-Japan Pediatric Translational Medicine Forum and Third International Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Forum in Shanghai. Earlier in the week, Mark Batshaw, MD, Children’s Physician-in-Chief and Director for Children’s Research Institute was the featured speaker at a scientific meeting hosted by the Shanghai Association of Pediatricians. 

During the translational medicine and hematology oncology forums, Children’s experts are speaking on the following topics:

• Adeno-associated viral (AAV) liver directed gene therapy – Mark Batshaw, MD
• Precision therapy for Wilms tumor: Are we there yet – Jeffrey Dome, MD, PhD
• Expansion of IMLEC by inactivation of mTOR complex I – Pan Zheng, MD, PhD
• Hypoxia-inducibble factors in leukemia stem cells and graft versus host diseases – Yang Liu, PhD 
• Treating patients with naive T cell-derived antiviral T cells – Patrick Hanley, PhD
• Synthetic lethality screening for KRas-driven leukemia – Zhe Han, MD

This group of experts represents a small sample of the innovative hematology/oncology research being conducted at Children’s National. The research and clinical investigators at the Center for Cancer and Immunology Research are leading experts in cancer genetics, cancer host versus graft interactions and diseases, microbe-host interaction, inflammation, and cellular therapy and immunotherapy

Additionally, Dr. Batshaw spoke about the diagnosis, treatment, and pathogenesis of autism spectrum disorders at the Shanghai Association of Pediatricians. Dr. Batshaw’s entire career has been dedicated to caring for children with developmental disabilities, and his research has focused on inborn errors of urea synthesis. He is considered an international authority in the development and testing of innovative therapies.

The translational medicine and hematology oncology conference concludes on November 14. Members of this Children’s National group also took part in a presentation earlier in the week with Shanghai Children’s Medical Center to unveil a new translational laboratory for joint oncology research and education. The partnership will also include joint clinical trials on leukemia and neuroblastoma, training opportunities, and a rotating annual meeting focused on the state of research and collaboration. 


Contact: Emily Hartman at 202-476-4500

About Children's National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has served the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is one of the nation’s Top 5 pediatric hospitals and, for a second straight year, is ranked No. 1 in newborn care, as well as ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is the seventh-highest NIH-funded pediatric institution in the nation. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. 

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