An Alabama Family Searches for Answers About Schimke Immuno-osseous Dysplasia

The Spring 2019 issue of Packard Children’s News featured an article highlighting Alabama siblings with Schimke immuno-osseous dysplasia (SIOD), an extremely rare form of dwarfism that affects just seven children in the United States. Kruz and Paizlee Davenport are the first brother and sister in the country with SIOD to become ambassadors for the condition.

Dennis Wall Discusses How He and His Collaborators Used Whole-Genome Data From Hundreds of Families Affected by Autism to Identify 16 New Autism Risk Genes and A Rare Genetic Syndrome that Explains Some Cases of the Disorder

Autism is not one disease but several, a family of developmental disorders with similar symptoms. A rare, new subtype of autism was recently discovered by Dennis Wall, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics and of biomedical data science at the School of Medicine. Wall led research to analyze a large set of genetic data: complete genome sequences for 2,308 people from 493 nuclear families affected by autism.

Wall spoke with writer Erin Digitale about the findings, including the discovery of the rare syndrome and the identification of 16 genes that contribute to more-common forms of autism.

A New Stanford Study Found that Tapping the Interests and Motivations of Children with Autism Can Help Them Understand the Value of Speaking and Building Their Social Skills  

Pivotal response treatment (PRT) involving parents work better than other existing therapies at motivating children with autism and significant speech delays to talk, according to the results of a large study by Stanford University School of Medicine Researchers.

Because children with autism are less socially motivated than typically developing children, parents' instincts about how to engage them often don't succeed, said Grace Gengoux, PhD, clinical associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. PRT gives parents a way to breach this barrier.

Google Glass May Have an Afterlife as a Device to Teach Autistic Children

Privacy concerns caused the computerized eyewear to fail with the general public. But researchers believe it could help autistic children learn to recognize emotion and make eye contact.  

Remembering Christopher G. Dawes

Christopher G. Dawes, the former Chief Executive Officer of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford for nearly 30 years, passed away on June 29, 2019 after a courageous battle with ALS. Chris, who was 68, guided the hospital during its formative years, building it into a nationally renowned center for advanced children’s care.

In the Spotlight: Rebecca Saenz, MD, PhD

Rebecca Saenz, MD, PhD, physician scientist, innovator, #lifeboss, just graduated from her fellowship in Allergy and Immunology. Here's an interview from SCOPE's Daphne Sashin.

2019-2020 US News & World Report's  Best Children's Hospital Survey has just been released

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford earned the top rankings for the neonatology program, sixth in the entire nation. The nephrology program is the best in California, the pulmonology program ranked best on the West Coast and eighth in the country, and our endocrinology program is the top ranked in Northern California. The continual ranking in the top 20 of all children’s hospitals affirms the exceptional quality of care that Stanford Children’s Health faculty, physicians and team members continue to provide to patients and their families.

Gender inequality and rigid norms linked with poor health, global research shows

The Series on Gender Equality, Norms, and Health is a collection of five papers, led by Gary Darmstadt, MD, MS and colleagues, that provides new analysis and insights into the impact of gender inequalities and norms on health, and the opportunities that exist within health systems, programmes, policies, and research to transform gender norms and inequalities. The need for more action and accountability on gender equality is clear: introduction of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Universal Health Coverage goals demand greater attention to the social determinants of health, including gender, for the purpose of enabling all people to reach their full human potential.

A Second Chance At Life

Young brothers Levi and Ronnie Dogan were born with IPEX syndrome, a life-threatening genetic diseases that causes patients' immune systems to attached their own healthy tissues.  Stanford physician-scientists and MCHRI Awardees, Alice Bertaina, MD, PhD, and Rosa Bacchetta, MD helped the two brothers get a second chance at life.