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The research enterprise at Boston Children’s Hospital, comprising more than 3,000 researchers, is the world’s largest at a pediatric center. Our work is fueled by a deep understanding of disease coupled with world-class discovery platforms, including genetics and genomics, gene editing, bioinformatics, proteomics, bioengineering, image analysis, multiple animal models, biobanks and disease-specific stem cell lines. We have special expertise in rare disease discovery and see large, highly diverse patient populations.

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A new frontier: Inside a custom drug

Dr. Yu and his team of scientists pulled off something unprecedented, something seemingly impossible. In the space of 10 months, they pinpointed Mila’s rare mutation, designed a drug to bypass it, engaged industry partners and FDA regulators, and launched a treatment trial — just for Mila.

Early encouraging results are reported in The New England Journal of Medicine. They could open a new path, showing it’s possible to create personalized genetic therapies for children with rare conditions — and to do so quickly.

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Boston Children's Hospital Innovation

BCH Innovation News @BCH_Innovation 10/19/2019 8:00:00 PM
A new study shows starting statins during childhood for kids with FH provides benefits in adulthood. Boston Childre… https://t.co/xL0gsuAOQS
BCH Innovation News @BCH_Innovation 10/19/2019 6:00:01 PM
A new study has solved the “yellow fly mystery” that's stumped researchers for decades. @physorg_com shares the fin… https://t.co/PdVJhVJrYp
BCH Innovation News @BCH_Innovation 10/19/2019 3:30:00 PM
A new study finds brain activity patterns in the first year of life may predict #autism in infants at high risk for… https://t.co/ks5MT0ssJJ
BCH Innovation News @BCH_Innovation 10/16/2019 1:04:19 PM
RT @CynGaribaldi: International Simulation Leaders at Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. Peter Weinstock with visiting professor Dr. Guoping L…
BCH Innovation News @BCH_Innovation 10/16/2019 1:04:13 PM
RT @timyu: Nancy Fliesler and her team w/milasen’s backstory -- how an offer to help a family w/a diagnosis led to an unexpected journey, w…
BCH Innovation News @BCH_Innovation 10/15/2019 3:00:03 PM
ICYMI: The wondrous #choroidplexus, an overlooked tissue deep in the brain, is coming into view with new research t… https://t.co/rFRNiAF2EF
Building on our extraordinary leadership in pediatric science at Boston Children’s, we translate our findings — and those of others — to fundamentally change how disease is treated and cured.

David A. Williams, MD
Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer