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Innovation and Discovery

(From the November 2016 Issue of MedStat)

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Pediatric Clinic Tests Virtual Reality for Hemophilia Patients during Procedures
A first-of-its-kind virtual reality experience from the hemophilia team and design experts at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University distracts patients with an immersive environment of penguins, pirates and hermit crabs during infusions and other procedures. Jeremy Patterson, lead of User Experience Technology Research and Development in Research Information Solutions and Innovation (RISI) at The Research Institute, and his team, along with students from The Ohio State University’s Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design, developed the virtual reality environment, which was customized specifically for hemophilia patients. A pilot study, funded by a grant from the National Hemophilia Foundation and led by Amy Dunn, MD, director of Hematology, Oncology and BMT at Nationwide Children’s, is testing the feasibility of integrating the virtual reality technology into the clinic setting.

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Nationwide Children’s Hospital Neuromuscular Disease Researchers Receive $1.5M NIH Grant
The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced four new Centers of Research Translation awards in October. Nationwide Children’s Hospital researchers have been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the NIH to develop a Center for Research Translation designed to accelerate new therapies for muscular dystrophies into clinical practice. The projects funded by the award will focus on congenital and limb-girdle muscular dystrophies, facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) and Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which are some of the most common forms of the neuromuscular disorder.

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Researchers Find Relationship and Behavioral Differences between Children and Early Adolescents Who Die by Suicide
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide was the 10th leading cause of death for children ages 5 to 11 in the United States in 2014. A recent study from Arielle Sheftall, PhD, postdoctoral research fellow in the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, is the first to demonstrate that some individual characteristics and precipitating circumstances may be more prominent in children who die by suicide compared with early adolescents who die by suicide. The research, published in Pediatrics in September, is the first study to exclusively focus on suicide in children and early adolescents, defined as ages 5 to 14.

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