Discoveries Magazine

Cedars-Sinai

Summer 2018

From Idea to Innovation

Every novel idea from a scientist’s imagination holds the potential to help countless people around the world, making the route from discovery to delivery critical. Enter the Cedars-Sinai Technology Transfer Office, which brings researchers’ innovations to the marketplace. The tech Read On

Pacemakers: An Evolution

1. Mid- to late 1960s 2. Late 1960s/early 1970s 3. 1970s 4. Early 1960s 5. Late 1970s 6. Early 1980s 7. Current 8. Late 1970s 9. Current (implantable cardiac defibrillator) Photograph: Rachael Porter, featuring the collection of Howard Allen, MD Read On

Innovation 9: (Out on) a Better Limb

The next step in prosthetic technology revolutionizes mobility for one amputee—and may help countless others. Thanks to an innovative new technique that increases stability and range of motion in prosthetics, Chris Rowles enjoys renewed confidence and mobility. Photo: Max Gerber Read On

Innovation 4: The Smart Hospital Room

Cedars-Sinai aims to boldly go where few medical centers have gone before. Discoveries asked Patricia “Peachy” Hain, MSN, RN, executive director of Medical and Surgical Nursing Services—and an ardent Star Trek fan—to imagine the ideal hospital room, with innovations already Read On

Clinical Trials and Tribulations

Wonder drugs can transform lives when they manage to migrate out of the lab and into the medicine cabinet. But most new devices and medications don’t make it through the years of rigorous testing required to gain Food and Drug Read On

Lifelong Connection

After learning she spent the first three months of her life in the Cedars-Sinai NICU, Shannon Sullivan decided to pursue a career helping infants. Photograph: Cameron Davidson Shannon Sullivan has wanted to work in medicine since the age of 12, Read On

Picture Not Perfect

Young, athletic women who think they can outrun heart disease need to think again. While the condition is declining in nearly every other demographic, women aged 35–44 are experiencing an alarming increase in heart-related illness.

Short List of Failed Innovations

Some drugs and devices catapult medical science into previously unfathomable heights of greatness. Others, not so much. Here, an incomplete collection of treatments that failed, sooner or later.