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August 2012


Investigator Spotlight

Investigational Device Helps the Blind to ‘See’
The BrainPort® device uses new technology to transfer information from machines to humans via tongue stimulation, allowing the visually impaired to use their “mind’s eye” to see. Watch Richard Hertle, MD, director of pediatric ophthalmology and the Vision Center at Akron Children’s Hospital, discuss this exciting new option. Watch video

Research News

Training Tomorrow’s Doctors and Researchers
Caitlin Whaley has been interested in becoming a doctor since she volunteered to rock NICU babies when she was 16. Her interest has only grown this summer as the incoming senior at the University of Akron was one of 13 students who participated in the hospital’s Summer Pediatric Research Scholars program. Read more

Nurses Learn to Bring Genomics to the Bedside

Akron Children’s Hospital is participating in a national project to evaluate and improve nurses’ attitudes, knowledge and competency about genomics. The project, entitled “Expanding RN Scope of Practice: A Method for Introducing a New Competency into Nursing Practice,” includes 25 Magnet hospitals and seeks to bring genomics and genetics to the bedside through nurses. Read more

Physicians’ Research Recognized for Excellence
Research by two residents and one fellow at Akron Children’s was recognized for excellence and presented at a recent Grand Rounds. The topics were “Evaluation of Limited Screw-Density Pedicle Screw Constructs in Posterior Fusions for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis;” “Association of Goutallier Classification Findings and Delayed Recovery with Physical Therapy in Adolescents with Spondylolysis;” and “High Blood Glucose in the First 12 Hours of Life Predicts Poor Outcome in Asphyxiated Term Newborns.”  View the Presentations

Translational Science Seminar

Seminars at the Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute
The Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute hosts two seminar series to provide insights into cutting-edge research. At the monthly Translational Science Seminar Series, invited guest speakers describe their work to translate scientific knowledge into pediatric clinical practice. The institute’s Research Methodology Seminar Series provides informal opportunities to learn about statistical methodologies. Read more

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