Discoveries Magazine

Cedars-Sinai

Features

Cutting Blood Pressure

A new model of care teams pharmacists with barbers to fight the deadly health epidemic of hypertension—which affects African-American men more than almost any other group in the world.

Big Leaps for Baby Steps

With philanthropic support, Dr. Evan Zahn developed a procedure to treat patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), the most common heart problem among extremely premature babies. He also harnessed 3D printing technology to build reconstructed models of individual patients’ hearts to plan and practice transcatheter interventions before performing the procedures on vulnerable newborns.

She’s Got Guts

Rising star Suzanne Devkota, PhD, is passionate about the convergence of food, health, and the bugs that live in our guts. Her ever-present “poop pillow” serves as an icebreaker for her mission to destigmatize discussion of fecal matter.

Top Training, Superior Skills

Established as part of the Campaign for Cedars-Sinai, the Women’s Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills allows medical professionals to practice complex procedures in a controlled environment. Using life-like mannequins that can blink, bleed, talk, hyperventilate, and give birth, these simulators help physicians refine their techniques and, ultimately, improve outcomes for real humans

Abreast of Trends in Cancer

Dr. Armando E. Giuliano has a minimally invasive approach toward breast cancer treatment, and thanks to philantropic support, his investigations could serve as the foundation for earlier detection and increasingly targeted treatment.

A Gut Check for Precision Medicine

Philanthropic gifts have allowed Dr. Stephan Targan to build the F. Widjaja Foundation Inflammatory Bowel and Immunobiology Research Institute into an investigatory powerhouse and to expand the Cedars-Sinai Material and Information Resources for Inflammatory and Digestive Diseases Biobank, the world’s largest collection of IBD specimens.

Triumph for Transplants

With philanthropic support, Cedars-Sinai has developed a novel therapy aimed at preventing and treating organ rejection. The new drug has been given fast-track approval by the Food and Drug Administration and would make otherwise incompatible transplants possible.

Eyes on the Brain

Philanthropic support led to a breakthrough in detecting Alzheimer’s disease early: a simple, noninvasive eye exam to detect Alzheimer’s disease up to two decades before it becomes symptomatic.