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Generation REACH: A Year of Progress Toward Transforming Youth Mental Health

Last May, Seattle Children’s launched Generation REACH, a multifaceted initiative based on the simple yet transformative premise that child health always includes mental health.

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New Seattle Children’s Program Invests in Training and Mentoring Future Scientists to Expedite New Therapeutics for Pediatric Diseases

Seattle Children’s Research Institute is investing $45 million in the new Invent at Seattle Children’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program that will prepare scholars for careers in biotech or academia. The program will provide mentorship, education and financial support for 10 postdoctoral scholars per year to help them create new “discovered here” cellular, gene or protein therapeutics that ultimately advance to clinical trials for children. Seattle Children’s Foundation has pledged to raise an additional $10 million for the program.

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First Seizure: Understanding Next Steps for Patients and Families

Around 1 in 10 people will have a seizure in their lifetime. Not every person who has a seizure goes on to develop a seizure disorder; sometimes it’s an isolated event. But even if a child only has a single seizure in their lifetime, it can be extraordinarily alarming for them and their family. “I have had families describe the experience as frightening, confusing, or even traumatizing,” says Dr. Priya Monrad, pediatric epileptologist and director of Inpatient Neurosciences at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

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New Study CAR T-cell Immunotherapy Enrolling Patients With Osteosarcoma

Seattle Children’s Therapeutics has opened a new study that will evaluate the safety and feasibility of CAR T-cell immunotherapy in patients with bone cancer. The ENLIGHTen-01 study is approved for patients ages 15 to 30 years old who have refractory or progressive osteosarcoma. It is Seattle Children’s first study of CAR T-cell therapy for this patient population.

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Ten Reasons to Refer Young Adults With Cancer to Seattle Children’s

Did you know that most cancer patients in their 20s should be referred to a pediatric cancer center for treatment rather than an adult one? Yet the pediatric oncologists at Seattle Children’s routinely talk to new patients who initially were sent to an adult cancer program because they were over 18 years old.

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The Continuous Search for Advancements in Pediatric Liver Transplant

Dr. Evelyn Hsu, Seattle Children’s division chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, calls liver transplantation a miracle. “You take a kid who is basically right at the edge, almost dying. You grab them back from the jaws of death and give them a liver transplant, and they are essentially restored to life.” Her vision is to move every child off the transplant list with a 100 percent survival rate so they can live their best life. (Read: “We’re Not Just Transplanting Organs, We’re Transplanting Lives,” an incredible story about the Hurtado family and their four children who have maple syrup urine disease.)

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The Brain-Gut Connection: Helping Children with Chronic Gastrointestinal Issues

Seattle Children’s is excited to welcome Dr. Hannibal Person to the Gastroenterology and Hepatology team. With expertise in general psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and pediatric gastroenterology, his focus is on building an interdisciplinary program at Seattle Children’s to help children suffering from chronic gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation and pain.

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Case Study: 14-Year-Old Nonbinary Person Desiring Menstrual Suppression

Authors: Juanita Hodax, MD, Gina Sequeira, MD, MS and Catherine Sumerwell, ARNP, DNP

Summary: 14-year-old nonbinary person desiring menstrual suppression.

Patient History

J is a 14-year, 6-month-old child assigned female at birth who identifies as nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns. They have been exploring their gender for one year, initially talking with friends about gender and more recently coming out to parents and family as nonbinary about six months ago. Since then, they have been using they/them pronouns and a new chosen name and have changed their hairstyle and clothing to a more androgynous style. This has helped them feel more comfortable and confident. Parents initially struggled with using they/them pronouns, but they have been trying more and have been supportive of J.

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Meet Dr. Mignon Loh: Seattle Children’s New Leader of Cancer and Blood Disorders Care and Research

Seattle Children’s recently named Mignon Loh, MD, the new leader of Cancer and Blood Disorders Care and Research

Meet Dr. Mignon Loh

Seattle Children’s is thrilled to introduce Dr. Mignon Loh as our new leader of Cancer and Blood Disorders Care and Research. Dr. Loh joins us from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Benioff Children’s Hospitals, where her titles included Chief of Pediatric Oncology. Her vision: Keep Seattle Children’s at the leading edge of pediatric cancer and blood disorders care, while building on our research progress to make Seattle Children’s a driving force behind more advances that cure children worldwide.

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Seattle Children’s Welcomes Dr. Burt Yaszay as Chief of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

AUTHOR: KATHRYN MUELLER

Seattle Children’s is excited to welcome Dr. Burt Yaszay as the new chief of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Seattle Children’s. Yaszay comes to Seattle Children’s with a bright vision for the future, as well as a deep respect for the roots in which Seattle Children’s was founded.

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