In August 2023, a Riley Hospital for Children patient became the first child in Indiana to receive teplizumab, a groundbreaking therapy that delays the onset of stage 3 type 1 diabetes by an average of three years. The treatment received Federal Drug Administration approval in November 2022, three years after Indiana University School of Medicine researchers conducted clinical trials and published data that helped lead to the FDA’s decision.
The Wells Center for Pediatric Research has recognized several researchers with awards during their spring 2023 round of funding to support five promising projects focused on emerging therapies and clinical and translational pediatric research.
In a study published in Blood, researchers from Indiana University School of Medicine shed new light on the underlying causes of negative immune responses to factor VIII treatments, providing valuable insights that could lead to more effective and safer hemophilia A treatments in the future.
Gregory A. Wilson, MD was in the middle of his fellowship (today’s equivalent of being a third year resident) within the department of Pediatrics, when he noted Indiana needed a major change. In 1977, the Indiana Poison Center was housed in Wishard Hospital and the doctors on call only had a few books on toxicology and a microfiche system to answer the questions coming in. Wilson knew that something had to change in order to keep Indiana residents happy and healthy.
A recent study by Indiana University School of Medicine student Victoria Ochs focused on CGM alarm use among pediatric patients and revealed significant gaps in the proper use of CGM alarms, indicating a need for more guidance and training.
Elle Geddes, MD, is one of just two cardiovascular geneticists in the state of Indiana. She recently was named to the IBJ 2023 Forty Under 40 for her career achievements and contributions to medical genetics.
Megan McHenry, MD, director of pediatric global health education at IU School of Medicine, was named to the IBJ 2023 Forty Under 40. McHenry collaborates with Kenyan colleagues to improve the lives of children with neurodevelopmental challenges in Kenya and Indiana.