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Inaugural TDH-CHDI Faculty Fellows announced

August 2, 2019

Translating Duke Health and the Children’s Health and Discovery Initiative are pleased to announce the four investigators, including Xi Chen, MD, PhD; Kevin Hill, MD, MSCI; Matthew Kelly, MD, MPH; and Joshua Snyder, PhD, selected as members of the inaugural TDH-CHDI Faculty Fellows Program. These awards will support Duke researchers in the development of R01-level grant applications to fund research that investigates early life origins of disease. CHDI Faculty Fellows receive up to $50,000 in support and will submit an R01-level grant application within 6 months of the end of the award.

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CHDI "Great Minds Think for Kids" Seminar Series

September 13, 2019

The Children’s Health and Discovery Initiative (CHDI) is pleased to announce the August seminar/brainstorming session in the “Great Minds Think for Kids” series. This session will include a 40-minute research-in-progress talk from our guest speaker, followed by a 40-minute brainstorming/group discussion session led by the guest speaker and a member of the CHDI scientific leadership. This month's featured speakers are J. Nathan Copeland, MD, MPH, and Adrienne Banny Inscoe, PhD, who are both assistant professors of psychiatry and behavioral sciences in the Division of Child & Family Mental Health & Developmental Neuroscience at the Duke University School of Medicine. Their seminar title is: "The Pediatric Mental Health Crisis and Innovations in Integrated Care."

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Children's Health & Discovery Initiative Call for Posters

August 2, 2019

The Children’s Health & Discovery Initiative (CHDI) invites applications to participate in the poster session at this year’s CHDI Research Showcase on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, in the Trent Semans Center, Great Hall. The Research Showcase will feature presentations from CHDI pilot funding recipients, a poster session for child health researchers from across Duke University, and an announcement of the latest CHDI pilot funding awardees. Posters should highlight work that fits within the theme of early life influences of health and disease. Projects across the research spectrum from basic science to population health research are encouraged, and we welcome submissions from investigators from all departments and centers at Duke University. Posters that have been presented at other meetings are welcome.

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CHDI "Great Minds Think for Kids" Seminar Series

August 1, 2019

The Children’s Health and Discovery Initiative (CHDI) is pleased to announce the August seminar/brainstorming session in the “Great Minds Think for Kids” series. This session will include a 40-minute research-in-progress talk from our guest speaker, followed by a 40-minute brainstorming/group discussion session led by the guest speaker and a member of the CHDI scientific leadership. This month's featured speaker is Alexander Allori, MD MPH, who is an assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Plastic, Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery at the Duke University School of Medicine. His seminar title is: "Building a collaborative quality improvement and research network."

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CHDI "Great Minds Think for Kids" Seminar Series

March 28, 2019

The Children’s Health and Discovery Initiative (CHDI) is pleased to announce the April seminar/brainstorming session in the “Great Minds Think for Kids” series. This session will include a 40-minute research-in-progress talk from our guest speaker, followed by a 40-minute brainstorming/group discussion session led by the guest speaker and a member of the CHDI scientific leadership. This month's featured speaker is Aysenil Belger, PhD, who is an professor of psychiatry and psychology and director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Her seminar title is: "Stress, Brain and Cognition in High-Risk Adolescents."

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CHDI "Great Minds Think for Kids" Seminar Series

February 12, 2019

The Children’s Health and Discovery Initiative (CHDI) is pleased to announce the February seminar/brainstorming session in the “Great Minds Think for Kids” series. This session will include a 40-minute research-in-progress talk from our guest speaker, followed by a 40-minute brainstorming/group discussion session led by the guest speaker and a member of the CHDI scientific leadership. This month's featured speaker is Megan Clowse, PhD, who is an associate professor of Medicine, Rheumatology and Immunology at Duke University Medical Center. Her seminar title is: "Can We Determine the Impact of Maternal Rheumatic Disease on Children?"

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CHDI "Great Minds Think for Kids" Seminar Series

January 28, 2019

The Children’s Health and Discovery Initiative (CHDI) is pleased to announce the January seminar/brainstorming session in the “Great Minds Think for Kids” series. This session will include a 40-minute research-in-progress talk from our guest speaker, followed by a 40-minute brainstorming/group discussion session led by the guest speaker and a member of the CHDI scientific leadership. This month's featured speaker is Scott H. Kollins, PhD, who is a professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. His seminar title is: "ADHD Management in an Era of Population Health, Accountable Care and Digital Medicine."

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CHDI "Great Minds Think for Kids" Seminar Series

November 28, 2018

The Children’s Health and Discovery Initiative (CHDI) is pleased to announce the December seminar/brainstorming session in the “Great Minds Think for Kids” series. This session will include a 40-minute research-in-progress talk from our guest speaker, followed by a 40-minute brainstorming/group discussion session led by the guest speaker and a member of the CHDI scientific leadership. This month's featured speaker is Bryce B. Reeve, PhD, who is a professor of Population and Health Sciences and Pediatrics at Duke University Medical Center. His seminar title is: "Assessing How a Child Feels and Functions Using Patient-Reported and Activity Data."

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Duke launches Project HOPE1000

November 9, 2018

Project Hope1000, a new Children’s Health & Discovery Initiative (CHDI) research study led by Sallie Permar, MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics, molecular genetics and microbiology, and immunology, and associate dean of physician-scientist development for the Duke University School of Medicine, and Geeta Swamy, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, vice dean and associate vice provost for scientific integrity for the Duke University School of Medicine, and vice chair for research and faculty development for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, launches this week, coinciding with World Prematurity Day.

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TriCEM and CHDI award pilot project funding

November 13, 2018

Chesterfield BuildingThe Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM) and the Children’s Health and Discovery Initiative (CHDI) are pleased to announce the awardees of the 2019 TriCEM-CHDI Pilot Research Grants. Applicants were asked to submit proposals focused on evolutionary medicine, broadly interpreted to involve research that uses evolutionary and ecological perspectives to understand and treat disease in humans, in order to study early life factors that influence childhood and lifelong health trajectories. Research teams were required to have at least one PI each from Duke School of Medicine and Duke University (including Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Nicholas School of the Environment, Sanford School of Public Policy, and the Pratt School of Engineering).

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CHDI "Great Minds Think for Kids" Seminar Series

October 11, 2018

The Children’s Health and Discovery Initiative (CHDI) is pleased to announce the October seminar/brainstorming session in the “Great Minds Think for Kids” series. This session will include a 40-minute research-in-progress talk from our guest speaker, followed by a 40-minute brainstorming/group discussion session led by the guest speaker and a member of the CHDI scientific leadership. This month's featured speakers are Dwight Koeberl, MD, PhD, Heather Whitson, MD, MHS, and Paula Tanabe,  PhD, MSN. Their seminar title is: "Promoting Life Course and Disparities Research: The CTSA Special Populations Core."

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CHDI "Great Minds Think for Kids" Seminar Series

September 7, 2018

The Children’s Health and Discovery Initiative (CHDI) is pleased to announce the September seminar/brainstorming session in the “Great Minds Think for Kids” series. This session will include a 40-minute research-in-progress talk from our guest speaker, followed by a 40-minute brainstorming/group discussion session led by the guest speaker and a member of the CHDI scientific leadership. This month's featured speaker is Charles Nunn, PhD, who is a professor of Evolutionary Anthropology and Global Health at Duke University and director of the Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM). His seminar title is: "Shining Evolutionary Light on Human Sleep and Health."

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CHDI "Great Minds Think for Kids" Seminar Series

August 2, 2018

The Children’s Health and Discovery Initiative (CHDI) is pleased to announce the August seminar/brainstorming session in the “Great Minds Think for Kids” series. This session will include a 40-minute research-in-progress talk from our guest speaker, followed by a 40-minute brainstorming/group discussion session led by the guest speaker and a member of the CHDI scientific leadership. This month's featured speaker is Paul Lantos, MD, MIS, who is an associate professor of medicine (General Internal Medicine) and associate professor of pediatrics (Infectious Diseases) at the Duke University School of Medicine. His seminar title is: "Neighborhood Disparities in Cytomegalovirus Infection and Infant Hearing Loss."

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CHDI "Great Minds Think for Kids" Seminar Series

June 28, 2018

The Children’s Health and Discovery Initiative (CHDI) is pleased to announce the July seminar/brainstorming session in the “Great Minds Think for Kids” series. This session will include a 40-minute research-in-progress talk from our guest speaker, followed by a 40-minute brainstorming/group discussion session led by the guest speaker and a member of the CHDI scientific leadership. This month's featured speaker is P. Brian Smith, MD, MHS, MPH, who is the Samuel L. Katz Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics at the Duke University School of Medicine. His seminar title is: "Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO): Current Status of the ECHO-wide Cohort Data Collection Protocol."

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CHDI and TriCEM Pilot Research Grant

June 18, 2018

The Children’s Health and Discovery Initiative (CHDI) and the Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM) announce a request for research proposals that investigate and positively impact child health and the trajectory of health into adulthood.  Proposed activities should focus on evolutionary medicine, broadly interpreted to involve research that uses evolutionary and ecological perspectives to understand and treat disease in humans. Examples could include: developmental origins of health and disease; childhood asthma and other allergies; the microbiome and health; the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases of children; social determinants of child health and development; mental health; and origins andtreatment of childhood cancers.

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CHDI "Great Minds Think for Kids" Seminar Series

June 5, 2018

The Children’s Health and Discovery Initiative (CHDI) is pleased to announce the June seminar/brainstorming session in the “Great Minds Think for Kids” series. This session will include a 40-minute research-in-progress talk from our guest speaker, followed by a 40-minute brainstorming/group discussion session led by the guest speaker and a member of the CHDI scientific leadership. This month's featured speaker is Meghan Shanahan, PhD, MPH, who is an Asssistant Professor of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and a Senior Research Scientist at the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center. Her seminar title is: "Improving Child Health through the Prevention of Child Maltreatment: A Population Perspective."

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Children's Health & Discovery Initiative Launch Event

May 4, 2018

The Children’s Health & Discovery Initiative (CHDI) is a multidisciplinary effort sponsored by the Department of Pediatrics and the Translating Duke Health Initiative that promotes innovative research that will positively impact childhood and lifelong health. As part of our goal of fostering multidisciplinary collaborations, the CHDI is holding a launch event for members of the Duke community on May 31, 2018 from 3:30 to 6:30 pm in the Chesterfield Building,

701 W. Main Street, Durham, NC. 

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Inaugural Translating Duke Health-Children's Health and Discovery Pilot Grant awardees announced

April 18, 2018

Translating Duke Health and the Children’s Health and Discovery Initiative are pleased to announce the four awardees of the inaugural TDH-CHDI Pilot Grants. These grants will support pilot studies focused on the identification of early life influences in life-long health and disease. Health research questions proposed by the applications were required to pertain to at least one of the CHDI’s primary research focus areas: (1) genes and biology, (2) physical environment, (3) health and behavior needs, or (4) social and economic factors. Preference was given to proposals that utilize or build unique data resources.

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CHDI "Great Minds Think for Kids" Seminar Series

April 10, 2018

The Children’s Health and Discovery Initiative (CHDI) is pleased to announce the April seminar/brainstorming session in the “Great Minds Think for Kids” series. This session will include a 40-minute research-in-progress talk from our guest speaker, followed by a 40-minute brainstorming/group discussion session led by the guest speaker and a member of the CHDI scientific leadership. This month's featured speaker is Sarah C. Armstrong, MD, FAAP, who is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Community & Family Medicine; Associate Director, Duke Center for Childhood Obesity Research; Affiliate, Duke Global health Institute; and Member, Duke Clinical Research Institute. Her seminar title is: "A Population Approach to Childhood Obesity: Using Implementation Science and Community-Engaged Research to Solve Complex Child Health Issues."

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CHDI "Great Minds Think for Kids" Seminar Series

March 13, 2018

The Children’s Health and Discovery Initiative (CHDI) is pleased to announce the March seminar/brainstorming session in the “Great Minds Think for Kids” series. This session will include a 40-minute research-in-progress talk from our guest speaker, followed by a 40-minute brainstorming/group discussion session led by the guest speaker and a member of the CHDI scientific leadership. This month's featured speaker is William E. Copeland, PhD, who is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Co-Director, Duke Center for Developmental Epidemiology; and Faculty Fellow, Duke Center for Child and Family Policy in the Duke University School of Medicine. His seminar title is: "The Challenge of Childhood Mental Illness: Lessons from the Great Smoky Mountains Study."

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CHDI "Great Minds Think for Kids" Seminar Series

January 24, 2018

The Children’s Health and Discovery Initiative (CHDI) is pleased to announce the February seminar/brainstorming session in the “Great Minds Think for Kids” series. This session will include a 40-minute research-in-progress talk from our guest speaker, followed by a 40-minute brainstorming/group discussion session led by the guest speaker and a member of the CHDI scientific leadership. This month's featured speaker is Beverly Murphy, PhD, who is an Associate Professor in Obstetrics & Gynecology; Chief, Division of Reproductive Sciences; Associate Professor of Pathology; Associate Professor, Nicholas School of the Environment and Director of the Epigenetics Research Laboratory in the Duke University School of Medicine. Her seminar title is: "Cannabis Today--Consequences Tomorrow: The Potential for Unintended Intergenerational Outcomes."

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CHDI "Great Minds Think for Kids" Seminar Series

January 2, 2018

​The Children’s Health and Discovery Initiative (CHDI) is pleased to announce the inaugural seminar/brainstorming session in the “Great Minds Think for Kids” series, beginning this January. These sessions will include a 40-minute research-in-progress talk from a guest speaker, followed by a 40-minute brainstorming/group discussion session led by the guest speaker and a member of the CHDI scientific leadership. This month's featured speaker is Aaron McKethan, PhD, who is the Chief Data Officer, NC Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine and Senior Policy Fellow at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy. His seminar title is: "Leveraging NC Data for Child Health."

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Inaugural Translating Duke Health Pilot Project Grants in Children's Health & Discovery

November 21, 2017​

The Children’s Health and Discovery Initiative (CHDI) is pleased to announce an inaugural call for proposals for pilot studies focused on the identification of early life influences in life-long health and disease. Prenatal, childhood and adolescent development influences health and disease risk for the entirety of an individual’s lifespan. This RFP is designed to support truly innovative approaches related to the Translating Duke Health’s focus on “Children’s Health and Discovery.” Further, the intent of this RFP is to support pilot studies that investigate early life factors that impact long-term health and well-being. Health research questions should pertain to at least one of the CHDI’s primary research focus areas: (1) genes and biology, (2) physical environment, (3) health and behavior needs, or (4) social and economic factors.

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Spotlight: Ending disease where it begins

September 15, 2017

​Hundreds of faculty, staff, students, and trainees gathered Wednesday, Sept. 13, to launch Translating Duke Health. This multiyear, multidisciplinary program will focus on areas where Duke Health can make the most significant contributions to health and healthcare, and features a children's discovery endeavor, led by Sallie Permar, MD, PhD, that aims to identify early risk factors in four interrelated drivers of early life influences on long-term health: genes and biology, physical environment, health and behavior needs, and social and economic factors. Translating Duke Health is a direct outgrowth of Duke Health's Advancing Health Together Strategic Planning Framework, launched in January 2016. 

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