Navigation Links
Genetics Researcher at Children's Hospital Selected as Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
Date:1/30/2008

Dr. Vivian Cheung Chosen on Basis of Patient-Oriented Research

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Vivian Cheung, M.D., a pediatric neurologist at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, has been named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator. Following a nationwide competition in 2007, Cheung was one of 15 physician-scientists selected recently by the prestigious research organization.

Like all those chosen, Dr. Cheung focuses on translating research discoveries into improved medical treatments.

"We are extremely pleased and proud of the fact that one of our pediatricians was honored by one of the world's leading biomedical research institutions," said Philip R. Johnson, M.D., chief scientific officer and senior vice president of Children's Hospital. "This appointment recognizes Dr. Cheung's accomplishments in advancing genetic discovery."

Cheung investigates how the sequence of DNA units in a person's chromosomes affects that person's susceptibility to disease. She uses microarray technology to rapidly measure how strongly genes are expressed within cells. By determining how gene expression changes in response to drugs and other treatments, she discovers how each patient's DNA variations are associated with the effectiveness of their disease treatments.

Her goal is to help physicians predict how a patient will respond to a given drug or treatment, based on the patient's particular genetic profile. Ultimately, providing refined genetic tools may remove some of the guesswork in making treatment decisions and in providing the best preventive and therapeutic care.

Trained in neurology, Cheung has a specific interest in a neurogenetic disease called ataxia telangiectasia, which affects movement, muscle control, the immune system and susceptibility to cancer. Because different children may react very differently to their treatments, her research aims to customize treatment to a patient's genetic profile, thus minimizing side effects and providing maximum benefits. Cheung's studies could be applied to a broad range of common and uncommon diseases, in using genetic tools to eventually routinely guide physicians and patients to better treatments.

As a pediatrician at Children's Hospital, Cheung is continuing to work at the Hospital and has become an employee of HHMI, which provides a research budget and funding for laboratory space. Cheung remains an associate professor of Pediatrics and Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

After earning her M.D. degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, Cheung completed her residency at the UCLA Medical Center, before coming to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in 1996. She holds the William Wikoff Smith Endowed Chair in Pediatric Genomic Research at Children's Hospital, where she leads an NIH-funded laboratory.

About the Howard Hughes Medical Institute: HHMI is one of the world's largest philanthropies, with laboratories across the United States and grants programs throughout the world. The Institute is a nonprofit medical research organization that employs hundreds of leading biomedical scientists working at the forefront of their fields. In addition, through its grants program and other activities, HHMI is helping to enhance science education at all levels and maintain the vigor of biomedical science worldwide. HHMI's endowment at the end of the 2006 fiscal year was approximately $16.3 billion.

About The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nation's first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals and pioneering major research initiatives, Children's Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program is among the largest in the country, ranking third in National Institutes of Health funding. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought the 430-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents. For more information, visit http://www.chop.edu.


'/>"/>
SOURCE The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Genetics researcher at Childrens Hospital selected as Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
2. Interleukin Genetics, Inc. Management to Present at Healthcare Conferences
3. Genetics May Determine Antidepressants Effectiveness
4. Genetics Influence Blood Pressure Medications
5. People with anorexia less likely to be blamed when biology, genetics explained
6. Top10 research advances include studies on genetics and stem cell research, stents
7. Heart attack risk from smoking due to genetics
8. Genetics May Boost Mexican-Americans Risk for Alcoholism
9. Targeted Genetics Reports on Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC) Assessment of Its Phase I/II Trial of tgAAC94 for Inflammatory Arthritis
10. Researchers develop powerful tool to study the genetics of inflammation
11. deCODE genetics to Webcast Presentation at Piper Jaffray Annual Healthcare Conference
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/25/2017)... ... July 25, 2017 , ... SureVest Insurance Group, ... to communities across North Carolina, is launching a charity event in conjunction with ... for the ongoing fight against bladder cancer. , The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network ...
(Date:7/25/2017)... ... July 25, 2017 , ... Facing medical needs with a ... is taking advantage of a new benefit for employees that is uncommon in American ... that the company supports me and other employees as new parents. It keeps our ...
(Date:7/24/2017)... ... July 24, 2017 , ... Cheerag D. Upadhyaya , M.D., M.Sc., ... Neuroscience Institute (SLMBNI), part of Saint Luke’s Health System . Dr. Upadhyaya ... D. Upadhyaya, MD. M.Sc., FAANS joins Stanley P. Fisher, M.D., who has ...
(Date:7/24/2017)... ... July 24, 2017 , ... A four ... the construction site and threatened numerous homes and businesses nearby, causing some 700 ... on NBCLosAngeles.com. Los Angeles Area consulting firm Fire Protection Group, Inc. notes that ...
(Date:7/24/2017)... ... July 24, 2017 , ... The Topricin Companies, formerly ... for Topricin’s revolutionary, natural, after-burn skin care product, Topricin After Burn Cream. ... long term skin conditions, including cancer. In the short term, overexposure to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/11/2017)... , July 11, 2017  Dr. Echenberg, founder of Echenberg Institute, ... program to patients who suffer from painful intercourse and other painful pelvic ... vaginal atrophy due to menopause. ... VuVatech LLC ... created by Sarasota, Florida -based start-up company, VuVatech LLC, ...
(Date:7/10/2017)... medical equipment and supply demand is forecast to reach ... Equipment & Supplies: United States , a report ... demand for medical services – driven in large part ... gains in disposable personal income – will boost sales ... also drive sales as providers and patients seek the ...
(Date:7/10/2017)... , July 10, 2017  BDI Group ... and patient support services organization serving specialty pharmacies, ... the launch of four significant, value-added member programs ... insights, better manage reimbursement and improve access and ... factor therapies. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: