2017

Children’s National becomes first pediatric medical institution in the United States to receive combined FACT accreditation related to cellular immunotherapy

Today Children’s National Health System became the first pediatric medical institution in the United States to receive accreditations for both immune effector cells and more than minimal manipulation from the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT). Considered the threshold for excellence in cellular therapy, FACT establishes standards for high-quality medical and laboratory practice in the field.   

Infared imaging better than touch at detecting defects in protective lead aprons

The fingertips are among the body’s most sensitive areas and have the ability to detect very subtle changes to the surface of an object. For this reason, inspectors looking for defects in lead aprons that are used to shield patients’ vital organs from radiation exposure have run their fingers over the aprons, relying on tactile inspection combined with visual inspection to find defects.

Liquid biopsy spots aggressive pediatric brainstem cancer earlier without surgery

A particularly aggressive form of pediatric cancer can be spotted reliably by the genetic fragments it leaves behind in children’s biofluids, opening the door to non-surgical biopsies and providing a way to gauge whether such tumors respond to treatment, according to an abstract presented by Children’s National Health System researchers.

Continuous EEG better at identifying oxygen-deprived newborns most at risk

Continuously recording the brain’s electrical signals and examining how those impulses evolve over time is a more reliable way to identify infants at risk for brain injury, compared with doing snapshot evaluations, according to a prospective cohort study led by Children’s National Health System research-clinicians. 

New Tool Captures Fertility Knowledge and Attitudes in Transgender Youth

A novel tool developed by researchers at Children’s National Health System — with critical input from transgender youth and their parents — assesses the level of interest or concern these teens and their families have regarding the impacts of medical gender treatments on long-term fertility.